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.


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THEME – Strategy And Policy in support of Advanced Manufacturing

Attendees: CEO’s business decision-makers, entrepreneurs, govt officials, support agencies, NGO’s

08:00 – 09:30 am
Breakfast (45mins) & Opening Address (45 mins): 
South Africa’s plan to unlock growth through Advanced Manufacturing. Minister activates 3D printer to produce a unique item which will be printed over 2 days and then unveiled

Speaker: DTI Minister Dr Rob Davies

09:30 – 10:05 am
Future Shock – How Advanced Manufacturing will change the face of  your business by 2050
Speaker: Martin Sanne CSIR (Executive Director: Materials Science and Manufacturing)


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)
Voting on questions asked by panellists and questions preset by organisers

Panel: MD Aerosud (Johan Steyn),  CEO Workerspace Movement in SA (Steve Gray), Director: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies DST (Garth Williams)

11:25 12:00 am
Video clip (on composites) followed by facilitated Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise
Interactive Technology used
New facilitator. Same panel




THEME – Additive Manufacturing (AM)

Attendees: CEO’s, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, engineers, construction professionals, support agencies

AM, often simply called 3D printing, provides nearly unrestricted freedom to design parts in order to optimize their functionality. It offers designers and manufacturers the ability to produce shapes and designs that would be impossible to produce using conventional manufacturing technologies such as moulding or machining.

Optimizing the design of parts can be achieved by reducing their weight, incorporating internal features or reducing the need for assembling separate components. AM also offers the opportunity to reduce or eliminate waste that results from manufacturing, and to reduce the need for warehousing while enhancing the value of local production.

The efficient use of AM technologies requires a rethinking in 3D design, which currently still poses a barrier particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Advantages and opportunities as well as restrictions of additive manufacturing must be well known in order to pave the way for a successful commercialisation and to make AM a competitive manufacturing method.

This theme identifies leading industrial applications and trends associated with the design for additive manufacturing and limitations related to current AM technologies.

Attend this session for:

  • An overview of where AM has come from and where it is going, including:
  • When and how best to use the technology
  • A review of restrictions and benefits posed by specific AM processes to specific industrial applications
  • How AM is evolving to produce functional results
  • How AM modalities such as fused deposition modelling, laser powder bed fusion and hybrid manufacturing are changing the economics of manufacturing and how AM is impacting design, materials, production, and servicing across industries from aerospace, power and automobile to medical, architectural, and consumer applications.

14:00 – 14:45 pm
The present status and future trends of AM printing in Africa: Opportunity and Roadblock
Speaker: Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance or Prof. Frank Henning (Fraunhofer Germany)

14:45 – 15:45 pm
Panel with Questions and clickers (including at least 1 composites professional)


16:00 – 16:45 pm
Interactive Technology:  Video followed by facilitated Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise




THEME:  Automation And Artificial Intelligence

Attendees: CEO’s, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, engineers, construction professionals, support agencies

As the high-tech and manufacturing worlds merge—with artificial intelligence and machine learning seen as driving forces—automation is creating new opportunities to drive new levels of efficiency across the entire supply chain for manufacturers.

Automation goes far beyond control systems, diving deeper into operational data to unlock new insights from massive operational data sets that are starting to emerge. The shift towards automation is being driven by artificial intelligence, which gives manufacturers the ability to automate the data science process in order to gain deeper insights from their operational data, in turn driving significant innovation and value creation potential across the entire supply chain.

Attend this session to learn:

  • How and why leading businesses introduce automation and artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations,
  • The short-term and long-term benefits of this technology.
  • The unique characteristics of companies that are highly automated

08:00 – 09:30
Breakfast (45mins) & plenary (45mins) Overview: Skills Development – the golden key to AM

09:30 – 10:05
Keynote  How automation works and the practical use of Artificial Intelligence in manufacturing and service industries
International Guest Speaker


10:25 – 11:25
Panel Discussion:  Interactive Technology:  To what extent must African business prepare to automate and explore AI?


11:30 – 12:00
Video followed by facilitated Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise. Interactive Technology:  Automation and AI – the present and future
New facilitator. Same panel







THEME:  Composites: The Future

Attendees: CEO’s, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, engineers, construction professionals, support agencies

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. In contrast, South Africa has its own technology base and wages that are still slightly lower than in most First World countries. Can Africa make the technological jump to become a lower cost advanced manufacturing country and bend a portion of the reshoring stream towards African soil?

What actions need to be taken, and what happens if these actions are not taken? Will Africa take the opportunity to become part of the new global composites supply chain, or will it 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
Overview:  International Keynote speaker
What every engineer, architect, building manager, miner and manufacturer must understand about composites (global and regional overview)

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


16:00 – 16:45
Video followed by facilitated Q&A to previous questions and any new that arise.
Interactive Technology

Final closure and mayor removing 3D printed article
Mayor: Nelson Mandela Bay

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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