Call for Conference Papers
AfriMold, the international tooling, precision engineering, mould making, design and application development trade fair will take place from 10 – 12 October 2012 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.
The third annual AfriMold trade fair is expected to attract exhibitors and visitors representing the associated sectors of design, materials, simulation, engineering, virtual reality, CAD/CAM/CAE, rapid prototyping and tooling, patternmaking, prototyping, mould-making and tooling, tools, precision machining, machine tools, quality assurance and automation, as well as processing, series production and final part finishing & assembly.
According to AfriMold managing director Ron MacLarty, “the specialised nature of AfriMold attracts a highly targeted audience of visitors, who are for the most part proactive buyers. The expo’s visitors have made a conscious decision to purchase and have set aside valuable time to attend the expo and do just that. Participating in the expo is the best bench-marking method to compare prices, products and quality.
He expands, “The reality of a serious and willing buyer coming directly to you is probably the single most important reason why exhibitors choose to participate in AfriMold. Add to that the interactive nature and benefits of expo’s, namely, the opportunity for one-on-one sales and promotion, face-to-face contact with your customers, a neutral sales environment, fast market penetration and the opportunity to evaluate market trends and customer needs, and you have several very compelling reasons to exhibit.”
Past research has shown that AfriMold visitors do come with very specific goals in mind. Among the more common reasons are, to: see what’s new; evaluate products and suppliers; keep abreast of industry and market developments; network and develop business contacts; consolidate business relationships; solve specific problems; find new markets; appoint agents and seek principles; discuss terms, conditions and pricing; and obtain technical knowledge.
Conference Explores Science’s Role
This year’s AfriMold trade fair runs in conjunction with the German/South African Year of Science (YOS) and as such the conference content, in particular, will be expanded to address the role of science in elevating current practice to the domain of leading economies.
The conference theme is Tooling as a Key Enabler for the South African Manufacturing Sector – Climate Change Mitigation, and will feature topics central to the YOS. It will explore opportunities to mitigate climate change via smart manufacturing.
Conference speakers will include international as well as local specialists in tooling technology and related fields, and conference presenter TASA (Toolmaking Association of South Africa) is calling for industry experts and representatives to submit papers for consideration for the programme. Submissions for consideration may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 18 May 2012. Last year the program was over- subscribed, therefore early submissions will receive preference.
In the context of climate change, the conference will highlight developments in new light weight materials and their manufacturing systems for the automotive, packaging and consumer industries, among others.
Also on the table, according to MacLarty, will be the transfer of knowledge and opportunities between Germany and South Africa in respect of tooling technologies in the renewable energy industries. He adds, “While blessed with abundant renewable energy resources like wind and solar, along with a government that promotes the development of a ‘green economy’, South Africa has much to gain from Germany, a country that has a proven track record in this arena.”
Industry support for AfriMold has been tremendous from the outset, and it has fast become the annual meeting place for the industry in Africa.
If you want to be considered a serious role player in tooling, precision engineering, mould-making and their associated fields, you should be represented at AfriMold 2012.
For more information on exhibiting at and participating in AfriMold 2012. Contact Sales: Ann on +27 82 336 6791
AfriMold 2012 is endorsed by these prominent associations:
- TASA Toolmaking Association of South Africa
- PISA Plastics Institute of South Africa
- Plastics | SA
- National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN)
- South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF)
- Aluminum Federation of South Africa (AFSA)
- Stainless Steel Association of South Africa (SASSDA)
- CSIR National Laser Centre (NLC)