AfriMold Joins Forces with SA Automotive Week
Two of Africa's leading manufacturing trade shows, South African Automotive Week (SAAW) and AfriMold, have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014. In terms of the agreement both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, between October 14-16, this year. The shows will share certain services and three massive halls comprising 15,000 sqm of trade show floor space.
SAAW Working Group Chairman and National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM) Director Robert Houdet said the co-hosting arrangement was a logical step that was in the interest of the industry. "The events complement each other and their co-habitation will boost value to industry participants and create an even more powerful showcase of South Africa's manufacturing capability,'' Houdet said.
"The synergies between these events are clear," says Ron MacLarty, MD of AfriMold. "The combined event can now offer a broad engineering industry focus, with Auto remaining the core theme, and the focus expanding from the technology behind the car all the way through to the finished product ecosystem."
The AfriMold trade fair is a hub of innovation where local and international market leaders exhibit solutions for product development through design, material selection, simulation, visualisation, engineering, CAE, CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping and tooling, pattern making and prototyping, precision machining, mold-making, tooling, tools, machine tools, quality assurance and automation, as well as processing and finishing. South African Automotive Week is Africa's automotive intellectual gathering, focused on stimulating trade and partnership opportunities in manufacturing and related sectors. SAAW is the continent's showcase for manufacturers of vehicle components and electric vehicles.
Both SAAW and AfriMold would host their own niched exhibitions: AfriMold in Hall 3 and South African Automotive Week in Halls 4 and 5. Both events aim to grow SA's manufacturing capabilities and global competitiveness, traditionally attracting local and international participants from across the design, materials, prototyping, tooling, conversion, assembly, testing, packaging, distribution/logistics and automotive sectors. The increased B2B, networking and cross-sector new business opportunities presented by co-hosting the events is expected to benefit exhibitors and attendees alike.
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