There are only eight months to go before GIFA/NEWCAST/METEC/THERMPROCESS 2015 opens at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Foundry professionals from all over the world will meet from 16 to 20 June 2015 for the world’s number one exhibition for the foundry/castings industry.
The South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) have organised a National Pavilion for South African companies, foundries and manufacturers to exhibit their products and innovative components from ferrous and non-ferrous metals, in front of an international audience, for the last five occasions of the exhibition. The sponsorship of the National Pavilion falls into the EMIA (Export Marketing and Investment Assistance) scheme through the Department of Trade & Industry.
At the time of going to press the DTI had not yet approved the application. However rule 10.4 in the National Pavilions Guidelines states that: The Deputy Director-General: Trade and Investment South Africa will approve the National Pavilion list for the following financial year, at least 7 months prior to the commencement date of the first event in April, so there is still hope even though hope is not a strategy.
In the mean time, until the decision is taken, for those companies that are serious about exporting it is an opportunity that they cannot afford to miss should ready themselves with the paperwork. The South African National Pavilions provide a cost-effective means for companies to enter into or to expand their business in the lucrative overseas marketplace. Exhibiting within a South African National Pavilion at one of the specialised industrial trade shows has proven to be the ideal way for small-to-medium sized companies to make a greater impact at a large trade show. Under the EMIA scheme DTI assists you with full sponsorship of the following costs:
• Rental of stand space
• Design and construction of your stand with furniture and cabinets provided
• Freight costs of products/display material to the exhibition and back for up to 2000 kgs/3 cubic metres
• Sponsorship of company brochures for use at the exhibition
• Back up services on the National Pavilion
• Promotion of the National Pavilions internationally
In addition the DTI will also assist with other costs for those companies that qualify. These include:
• One return economy class airfare – maximum R17 000.00
• R 2 300.00 daily allowance for entire duration of exhibition
There are a number of criteria that have to be fulfilled by each individual company and you will only be considered once you have submitted your application on the official form. All relevant documents have to accompany the application. See the details below.
If you qualify and are selected to participate on the relevant National Pavilion, and depending on what assistance you qualify for, the DTI will co-ordinate everything for you including return air ticket booking, central point for freight, clearing in Germany and return, and all stand requirements.
Trade Fair Travel have also put together a package for visitors – see separate story in this issue.
Please consult the following website http://www.thedti.gov.za/trade_investment/emia_national_pavilions.jsp, should you require more information on the National Pavilions or www.gifa.de; www.newcast-online.de; www.metec.de and www.thermprocess.de should you require more information on the exhibitions.
Alternatively contact the SAIF on TEL: 011 559 6468