CNC Machinery: The Key to Survival and Growth for Small Businesses in South Africa

The growth of the manufacturing sector can have a significant impact on South Africa by creating jobs, contributing to economic growth, increasing export earnings, fostering technological advancement, diversifying the economy, and developing skills. This is significant in fueling small business growth,

This can impact South Africa in several ways:

  1. Job creation: The manufacturing sector is one of the largest employers in South Africa. As the sector grows, it can create more job opportunities, which can help reduce unemployment and poverty rates.
  2. Economic growth: Manufacturing is an important contributor to South Africa’s economy, accounting for around 15% of GDP. As the sector grows, it can contribute to overall economic growth by increasing the production of goods and services.
  3. Export earnings: South Africa has a strong export orientation, and the manufacturing sector is a key contributor to the country’s exports. As the sector grows, it can increase export earnings, which can contribute to foreign exchange reserves and strengthen the country’s economy.
  4. Technological advancement: The growth of the manufacturing sector can lead to technological advancements and innovation, which can increase productivity and efficiency, and contribute to the overall development of the country.
  5. Diversification: A strong manufacturing sector can help diversify South Africa’s economy, reducing the country’s reliance on a few key industries, and making it more resilient to external shocks.
  6. Skills development: The manufacturing sector requires a skilled workforce, and the growth of the sector can create opportunities for skills development and training, which can benefit the broader economy by increasing the overall skill level of the workforce.

Unicam’s role in the growth of manufacturing and Small Business in South Africa

CNC routers are versatile machines that can be used to produce a wide range of products, from furniture to signage, making them a valuable asset for small businesses looking to expand their product offerings.

By supplying other businesses with CNC machines, Unicam can help create more manufacturing capacity in South Africa, which can increase the production of goods and services, leading to economic growth.

Unicam's flatbed router can automate small business manufacturing

Furthermore, we encourage entrepreneurship through the provision of our CNC machines to help create new businesses and employment opportunities that contribute to the growth of South Africa’s economy. Depending on the sector, customers can see an ROI within 6 months.

This entrepreneurship drive will lead to the creation of innovative products and services, which can help diversify the economy and make it more resilient to external shocks, and address the high levels of unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

Unicam not only supplies the customer with the machinery but also oversees the installation of the machines, training the operators, training customers in producing the G-Code that runs the machines, and training customers in CAM software to convert drawings into G-Code. Once the customer is producing, Unicam continues to service the machines or does additional training as per the customers’ requirements.

Many of the machines that Unicam South Africa supplies are used to produce items that are exported, and we are also slowly getting into the export market.

Unicam South Africa is a company that has been providing CNC and automation solutions to the local industry since 2016. During this time, they produced industrial machines such as:

  • Heavy Industrial CNC Routers for cutting wood, aluminium, plastics, and composites.
  • Aluminium machining stations for producing aluminium window profiles, and canopy profiles.
  • Oscillating knife cutting systems for cutting foam, rubber mats, and gaskets.
  • Aluminium “Part Makers” produce parts such as brackets for Solar Panels, Hinges, Components for mounting Window frames and Door Frames, and Custom production machined parts. All from aluminium profiles.
  • Auto feed cut-off saws.
  • Steel cutting routers for cutting reference faces onto machine frames.
  • Automation upgrades for Milling machines and lathes
  • Automation of mining safety net production process.
  • Rotary cutting of packaging equipment parts.
  • CNC production of custom rifle stocks.
  • The Skorpio, is a Single phase router that plugs into a 15 amp plug. It has a half-sheet bed (1250 x 1250) and a steel frame. This little machine can really do some work.

Small businesses in South Africa can benefit greatly from investing in CNC machinery such as CNC routers, which can help to automate and streamline manufacturing processes.

With the use of a CNC router, these small businesses in South Africa can achieve a high degree of precision and accuracy in their manufacturing processes, which can lead to increased productivity and cost savings.

Unicam's CNC machine - ideal for small business and large manufacturing companies

By incorporating a CNC router into their manufacturing processes, small businesses in South Africa can gain a competitive edge in the market, as the technology enables faster production times and greater consistency in product quality.

The use of a CNC router can also allow small businesses in South Africa to take on more complex projects and designs, as the technology is capable of producing intricate shapes and patterns with ease.”

Unicam South Africa is determined to assist South Africa to grow its manufacturing sector, and in so doing grow our economy and the ability for South Africa to employ its people by creating more manufacturing capacity, new businesses, and employment opportunities which leads to economic growth and prosperity.