Engineering News, 14 June 2019:
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has mandated the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) to align its work stream with that of the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) to revive the local foundries sector.
The NFTN is a DTI-funded initiative to help the foundries industry become more sustainable and competitive, says NCPC-SA director Ndivhuho Raphulu.
Raphulu notes that foundries play a crucial role in the manufacturing value chain through the supply of cast components, and also boost the local content of final products. The addition of the green industry focus of the NCPC-SA is aimed at boosting the support that the NFTN provides to this sector, especially in the challenging area of environmental compliance.
“… local foundries are capable of manufacturing products that are being imported, at the same, if not better quality. The NFTN and NCPC-SA programmes are aimed at assisting them to become more competitive, hopefully bringing down the cost of production to allow them to access local and international supply chain markets (Sandy Majatladi, NFTN Programme Manager)”