The biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference was hosted at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 25 and 26 May 2022, with a focused metal castings session on day one. The event was aimed at equipping industry and sharing best practice for improving efficiency, environmental impact and productivity and is presented free of charge to industry to support the transition to a green economy.
The conference is hosted and funded by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), and since the integration of the NCPC-SA with the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN), the conference will feature a session dedicated to the challenges and opportunities in the metal castings value chain.
The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa is a national support programme that drives the transition of South African industry towards a green economy through appropriate resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) interventions.
Andre Arendse of Atlantis Foundry giving his presentation of: Industry case study: Energy interventions at Atlantis Foundry
The NCPC-SA’s mission is to drive RECP in industrial and selected commercial and public sectors by equipping them to operate in an efficient, sustainable and competitive manner.
Services and focus areas include industry and sector knowledge-sharing, company technical support; green skills development and advocacy and awareness-raising.
The Industrial Efficiency Conference, hosted every two years by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), has become recognised as a benchmark in platforms that equip and showcase best practice in South Africa’s green economy.
This year’s hybrid event took place live online and “in the room” at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.
Six speakers presented topics at the conference. These included:
Dr Sagren Govender, CSIR Advanced Castings Technologies:Productivity and technology improvement opportunities for South African foundries
Isidore Kilongozi, National Foundry Technology Network: Energy efficiency outlook in the foundry sector
Andre Arendse, Atlantis Foundry: Industry case study: Energy interventions at Atlantis Foundry
Dr Peter Mukoma, CSIR Energy Centre: Energy consumption patterns in the metals casting sector
Abulele Adams, CSIR Environmental Management Services: Air Emissions Licenses: Status, legislative developments and challenges
Gardner Dewu, Head of Occupational Programmes at the Artisan Skills Development Centre of Ekurhuleni East TVET College: Skills development for a sustainable foundry sector