A profile of the agro-industrial manufacturing sector was developed based on sector research undertaken in the first half of 2013. The research focused on the following main characteristics of the sector:
The AIM Sector in the Eastern Cape includes enterprises classified into four of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes:
A total of 122 enterprises, employing approximately 13,600 people were identified in the research (see breakdown in charts below).
Analysis of the research data by sub-sector reveals that five sub-sectors dominate the sector – food, wood, textiles, leather and clothing, with 49% of the enterprises active in the food sub-sector employing 9,300 people, equivalent to 68% of the employment in the sector.
Cluster organization requires that participants are geographically located relatively close together. Analysis of the Eastern Cape AIM sector indicates that:
The geographic distribution of the identified AIM sector enterprises is shown in the following map (yellow markers indicate the location of at least 1 enterprise).