From 2009 to June 2012, the Western Cape attracted 80 international foreign direct investment projects with a total value of R30.1 billion, creating 6 906 jobs.
This is an R8 billion (27 percent) increase in the foreign direct investment recorded in the Western Cape between 2005 and 2008.
The top source markets for foreign direct investment into the Western Cape, in terms of share in the number of projects were:
United Kingdom, 15 projects
United States of America, 13 projects
France, 9 projects
Germany, 9 projects
The Netherlands, 6 projects.
Speaking at the opening of the new ColorMatrix factory in Montague Gardens, Cape Town, MEC Winde said: 'The opening of the ColorMatrix factory in Cape Town follows a number of international companies such as Amazon, IBM, Harley Davidson, Altech and others that have chosen to set up shop in the Western Cape. It is clear that our province is becoming a leading business destination for international companies. Our destination marketing, investment, and trade promotion agency, Wesgro will continue to market the Western Cape as a top trade destination.'
ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of PolyOne Corporation based in America, is a leading innovator of liquid colour and additives for plastics with facilities all over the world. The facility opened in Cape Town today, is their first and only one in Africa.
MEC Winde concluded: 'The Western Cape has been able to continue to attract international foreign investment despite the global economic downturn. It is the residents of our province that benefit from these investments in increased job opportunities and improved infrastructure development. The Western Cape is perfectly positioned to become the gateway for companies seeking to expand their operations into Africa. In line with the Western Cape Government’s first strategic objective – creating growth and jobs - we are doing all that we can to make it easy to do business in our region. This investment by ColorMatrix is evidence of our success in this regard. I would like to wish them the every success with this new venture.'