Recent Activities

Responsible and ethical employee cost optimisation during COVID-19

14 July 2020

Our recession recovery support programme continued this week with our focus on responsible and ethical employee cost optimisation during COVID-19 and the often difficult conversations and decisions around this subject.

Cost Optimisation Strategies

09 July 2020

Our recent working group session took place between the Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster, the KZN Clothing and Textile Cluster, The Foschini Group Textile Cluster and the eThekwini Furniture Cluster to discuss best-practice cost optimisation strategies.

Framing the Next 12 Months

26 June 2020

Facilitated by Prof Justin Barnes (Executive Director, Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies), we welcomed an esteemed panel of experts to discuss and debate the economic outlook of South Africa and the manufacturing sector in light of COVID-19.

EFC Breakfast Talk

21 November 2019

The eThekwini Furniture Cluster & KZN Clothing & Textile Cluster hosted a breakfast talk with Prof Des Laubscher as he discussed ways for firms to gain competitive advantage through design and provides practical steps for manufacturers to implement design thinking whilst drawing on examples from the furniture sector.

EFC Lean Boot Camp

15 & 29 October & 13 November 2019

The EFC invited all managers/business owners and leadership teams to join us for the series of half day workshops to start your Lean journey. With the aim of learning the importance of Lean and receive practical tools, templates and professional guidance which you can implement at your firm.

Business Skills Workshop - Product Costing & Pricing

1st October 2019

Assisting businesses to become financially sustainable is vital if the local furniture sector is going to develop its competitiveness.

EFC/IID Networking Event

13th June 2019
The EFC, in partnership with the African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID) and Weylandts, brought an evening that inspired innovation and created a platform for strategic connections with other furniture industry stakeholders. The evening entailed networking and spot prizes, and a guest presentation by Dr.Justin Barnes. His presentation centered around design & innovation, and technology disruptions to the furniture sector in SA.

eThekwini Furniture Cluster Business Skills Workshop- Business Management

20 August 2019
At the eThekwini Furniture Cluster, we believe in supporting the intentional growth of local furniture businesses through the identification and prioritisation of core business objectives & deliverables.


EFC AGM 2019

19 September 2019
2018/19 has been a successful first year for the eThekwini Furniture Cluster. Members were invited to share their experiences with the cluster at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019, where the Cluster’s performance was showcased for FY2018/19.