Fifth edition of event will run alongside Pumps Valves & Pipes Africa and is now endorsed by NAACAM and TASA.
It has been announced that Exhibition Management Services (EMS) has acquired the well-established AfriMold exhibition brand, which becomes a component show of the comprehensive South African Industry and Technology Fair Indutec.
The 12-in-1 Indutec event is the co-location of several individual long-running EMS-staged industrial shows, all under one umbrella banner. AfriMold will now take place alongside 11 other Indutec exhibitions at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng from 20-22 May 2015.
Indutec 2015 is a synergistic mix of ten events targeting manufacturing, engineering, water, petrochemical, plastics, and energy sectors.
The umbrella event incorporates individual events such as Pumps Valves & Pipes Africa, Afriplast Expo, Manutec Africa, Smart Automation Africa, e.Greentec, Africa Energex, Africa Watertec Africa, and now AfriMold.
“We added the AfriMold Expo to the Indutec Fair because it is a perfect fit with the event’s other industrial and technological sectors,” says John Thomson of show organisers EMS. “AfriMold is a vital networking hub for showcasing innovations and solutions in all stages of product development by local and international exhibitors.”
Exhibitors will showcase equipment and services for functions such as design, material selection, simulation, visualisation, computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing, rapid prototyping and tooling, patternmaking, precision machining, mould-making, machine tools, automation, processing and finishing. This fifth edition of AfriMold will also highlight the huge advances in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
“3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has advanced significantly since it was first developed,” says Ron Maclarty, EMS organiser of AfriMold. “Originally, only plastic prototypes could be printed, but these machines can now handle materials like titanium and human cartilage, and produce almost any fully functional complex mechanism, with greater precision, at a faster rate, and at lower cost.”
With AfriMold joining the Indutec umbrella, visitors and exhibitors can now interact through a wider variety of industries such as plastics, electrical, automation, design, petrochemical and energy, with companies from Italy, Germany, England, Nigeria, India, Turkey and China at the show.
“Tooling and precision machining is used in all industries, and this multi-show format radically increases business-to-business networking and cross-sector opportunities for visitors and exhibitors. AfriMold connects them, from design through to finished product,” adds Maclarty.
“AfriMold exhibitors are definitely looking at doing business in Africa. As South African and American supermarket chains move into Africa, they exert a pull-effect on infrastructure projects which boost manufacturing demand, creating huge business opportunities.”
Huge potential in Africa
“Africa’s economy is growing fast and the need for more new infrastructure is rising,” says Thomson. “According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to spend $180 billion a year on infrastructure by 2025. This is double the amount projected by the World Bank.”
Blackstone, from America, and Dangote Industries, from Nigeria, have just invested $5 billion in energy infrastructure projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly focussing on power, transmission and pipeline projects over the next five years.
The Cenpower Generation Company Ltd has implemented its $900 million Kpone Independent Power Project in Ghana, for a 350 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine power plant, a 161kV substation, liquid fuel storage facility, and delivery and supply infrastructure.
“The infrastructure and engineering industry is currently booming in Africa with many of these types of projects taking off,” says Thomson. “Companies in the design, precision engineering and machining, tooling, tool making and production industry will definitely find business leads at INDUTEC, especially from African companies that are starting new projects.”
Automotive sector benefits from SA Industry and Technology Fair and AfriMold 2015
High-profile motor industry association NAACAM is the latest entity to endorse the SA Industry and Technology Fair and AfriMold 2015. Members of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers are major contributors to the South African automotive manufacturing and component sector.
In the joint announcement it was revealed that the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) has joined NAACAM in support of AfriMold 2015.
“NAACAM provides companies with a dynamic forum to formulate policies and take actions that benefit the industry as a whole,” explains Robert Houdet, Chief Executive of NAACAM. “This exhibition helps strengthen the manufacturing sector by providing a strong platform for networking across all sectors of industry, in which the automotive industry is a very prominent player.”
The capital expenditure of the seven major vehicle manufacturers and truck producers in South Africa reached R6.9 billion last year.
About AfriMold 2015
AfriMold is the leading exhibition for precision machining, tooling, mould-making, design and application development in Africa. AfriMold is endorsed by Manufacturing Circle, The South African Institute of Foundrymen, Plastics SA, Aluminium Federation South Africa, The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association, National Foundry Technology Network and the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa and now the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers, as well as the Toolmaking Association of South Africa.