7th to 9th November 2018 - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - Port Elizabeth - South Africa

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Powered by the Mandela Bay Development Agency | Hosted by the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Bookings can be made for each individual seminar. Each Seminar costs R 2290.00 to attend.


*This is a draft provisional program, not all speakers are confirmed


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DAY 1 (Wednesday 7 November) – SEMINAR 1

THEME: Strategy And Policy in support of Advanced Manufacturing

07:45 am : Welcome
Speaker: Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Athol Trollip

08:00 am : Power Breakfast
Speaker: Martin Sanne (CSIR; Executive Director: Materials Science and Manufacturing)

08:30 – 09:15 am : Opening Address
South Africa’s plan to unlock growth through Advanced Manufacturing.
Minister/DG/DDG activates 3D printer to produce a unique item which will be printed over 2 days and then unveiled
Speaker: Lionel October  DTI DG/ Garth Strachan DDG

09:30 – 10:05 am : Future Shock
How Advanced Manufacturing will change the face of  your business by 2050

Brett Dawson – former DiData CEO, start-up guru and tech disruptor


10:25 – 11:25 am : Panel discussion
Addressing a  fractured industry – what are the three things vital to survival in Industry 4.0 (as a country and as businesses)
Panel: Imran Patel (DST DDG) | Pieter Debeer (IDC Senior Industry Development Manager: New Industries) | Industry rep | Dirk van Dyk EO National Tooling Initiative Program and South African representative at the BRICS Forum of the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA) | Kamau Gachigi – Kenya Makerspace Founder

11:25 12:00 am
Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise
Facilitator. Barlow Manilal CEO, Technology Innovation Agency (TBC)



THEME: Additive Manufacturing (3d printing), Automation and AI

Attend this session for:
• An overview of where AM, Automation and AI has come from and where it is going.
• When and how best to use the technology
• How AM, Automation and AI is evolving to produce functional results
• How and why leading businesses introduce automation and artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations,
• The unique characteristics of companies that are highly automated

14:00 – 14:45 pm : International Keynote
The present status and future trends of AM, Automation and AI: A Global Perspective

Keynote TBC

14:45 – 15:45 pm : Panel Discussion
Panel: Harry Teifel (Disruptive Technologies Acceleration Services) | Bob Williamson/Dirk van Dyk (NTIP) | Steve Gray (CEO Makerspace Foundation) | Craig Parker, (Research Director: Frost & Sullivan)| Yanesh Naidoo (Jendamark) | Hencharl Strauss CSIR National Laser Centre


16:00 16:45 am
Facilitated Q&A to previous and new questions
TBC:  Gerrie Booysen, Director, The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at Central University of Technology, Free State.


DAY 2 (Thursday 8 November) – SEMINAR 3

THEME: Future Production Technologies

Attend this session to learn:
• How the South African government will shape and impact production technology with new policy

• What “future production technology” is
• To what extent adaption to future production technology is required.

07:45 – 09:00 am : Breakfast & Plenary
Overview: Skills Development – the golden key to Production Technology

Speaker: Keynote TBC

09:15 – 10:30 am : Keynote
1) The future of Production technology: Context

2) Proposed legislation for future production technologies
International Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Effing – Chairman of the Board, Composites Germany
Dr Shawn Cunningham, Director: Mesopartner. Research consultant and advisor
Ilse Karg , Chief Director for Future Production Technologies & Industry 4.0, Department of Trade and Industr


10:30 – 11:30 am : Panel discussion
To what extent must African business prepare to adopt future production technology
Johan Steyn, MD, Aerosud | Vanessa Davidson, Executive Director South African Boat Builders Export Council (SABBEX) | Dr Michael Effing – Chairman of the Board, Composites Germany | Dr Shawn Cunningham, Director: Mesopartner. Research consultant and advisor | Ilse Karg , Chief Director for Future Production Technologies & Industry 4.0, Department of Trade and Industry

11:30 12:00 pm
Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise
Facilitator. Andrew Kirby (CEO and President Toyota SA)

DAY 2 (Thursday 8 November) – SEMINAR 4

THEME: Composites Materials of The Future

Composites are the material of choice for lightweight structure such as airplanes, yachts, and wind turbine blades. Polymer composites have matured  from being a niche material to a mainstream material technology that is used across all industry sectors where weight reduction and corrosion resistance are key drivers. Unfamiliarity with composite design principles was a key obstacle for accepting composites in a wide range of applications but is a hurdle of the past.  The present challenge relates to increasing the production rate of composite products of ever increasing size, thickness and complexity.

The 1st-world is rapidly investing in automation and digitisation technology for high-speed,  zero-defect manufacture of composites that will result in an unprecedented manufacturing cost reduction. Reshoring of production facilities to Europe and the USA is a likely scenario that will first and foremost impact the lowest wage countries that simply cannot implement automation and digitisation technology without the help of those countries that aim to reshore operations.

Will Africa take the opportunity to become part of the new global  supply chain, or succumb to the same fate as the lowest wage countries that only have cheap labour as competitive advantage?

Attend this session to learn:
• What demands Industry 4.0 is placing on composite development and use.

• Why investing in automation and digitisation technology is central to composite production and how Africa stacks up.
• How Africa can be part of the global composites supply chain

14:30 – 15:05 pm : Opportunity: International Keynote Speaker
Lightweight Production: a unique approach for the close collaboration between research and the international lightweight industry
International Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Emonts,  Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production
Introduction into the international AZL-Partnership with 90 Companies from 21 countries, the services provided to them, the open innovation approach, cost-sharing R&D projects (examples) & latest innovations in the field of mass-production of lightweight components

15:05 – 15:45 pm : Panel Discussion
Composites: Materialising a better future. Obstacles and opportunities & How African companies can tap into the global composites supply chain

Panel: Uys Jonker (Founder Jonker Sailplanes) | Construction/Architects Ass | Prof Mervyn Kanny, (Durban University Technology) | Jim Price, Hi Tech Auto | Jim Price, (Hi-Tech Auto) | Oli Dawson (MD CTA) | JEC Representative


16:00 pm
Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise.
Facilitator:  Steve Woodhall – Technical Services Manager, Scott Bader

17:00 pm : Final closure and mayor removing 3D printed article

16:00 pm : Drone racing


Host Partners

Mandela Bay Composites Cluster - LogoThe DTI - LogoMandela Bay Development Agency - LogoA BRICS Co-operation Initiative - Logo

Media Partner

Composites Southern Africa - Logo

Endorsement Partners

Durban University of Technology - Logo     



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