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Observations & opinions of GIFA (GMTN) 2023

In a resounding testament to South Africa’s growing prowess in the metal casting industry, the nation’s finest foundries took centre stage at the prestigious Bright World of Metals 2023 trade fair held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Under the guiding support of the National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN), a national industry support programme funded by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic), together with the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) and the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) as knowledge partners – the South African pavilion drew admiration and awe from global visitors, leaving an indelible mark on the international metal casting landscape.

The participation of South African companies and organisations in the trade fair, enabled South Africa to showcase its capabilities and innovations to a global audience,” said the NFTN technology transfer and localisation project manager Isidore Kilongozi.

“By backing the South African pavilion, the NFTN together with the dtic demonstrated its commitment to fostering growth and competitiveness in the country’s foundry sector. The support of the industry associations indicates a collaborative effort to strengthen the industry’s knowledge base. These partnerships contributed expertise and insights to the South African pavilion’s offerings, providing valuable information about the country’s foundry and aluminium sectors to the international audience at the trade fair,” added Kilongozi.

The pavilion’s presence also saw the launch of the Foundry Value Chain Online Directory, SA-Foundries website. This directory, stood as a testament to NFTN’s commitment to inclusivity and collaboration within the metal casting industry.

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