Local Manufacturing Expo set to be a success

March 1st, 2019, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

Warren Muir (AREI) and Eric Bruggeman (SACEEC).

It was at Electra Mining 2017 when Eric Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), first realised there was a need to promote SA’s local manufacturing capabilities to the world. He was walking the show floor with Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, who highlighted the lack of home-grown companies in attendance. From this inception of the idea, the Local Manufacturing Expo is now on the horizon and set to be a success as the first local manufacturing expo in Africa, said Bruggeman at the recent expo briefing held in Nasrec, Gauteng. The briefing was well-attended by industry stakeholders, and gave a taste of what is to come.

The Local Manufacturing Expo will take place from 21 – 23 May 2019 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, and is set to be a bustle of business with over 50 countries invited to attend. The event is organised by Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, in association with SACEEC. At the briefing Gary Corin, MD of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, said that the efforts to invite high-level international representatives has been met with interest and success. However, exhibitors were encouraged to invite stakeholders from their own industries, which includes the construction, mining, agriculture, power and industrial sectors.

The inaugural event will feature a pavilion dedicated to electronics manufacturing, hosted by the Association of Representatives for the Electronics Industry (AREI). Former AREI chairperson, Warren Muir, was at the briefing to introduce the association, and highlighted the importance of maximising on opportunities such as the Local Manufacturing Expo. AREI’s prime objective is to contribute to the creation of an environment which encourages a dynamic growth of the electronic manufacturing industry, at both component and system level, in South Africa.

The Local Manufacturing Expo will position leading local industries to thousands of potential national and international investors, demonstrating that the power of local manufacturing is the key to unlocking vast economic empowerment, growth, development and investment in South Africa.

Contact Charlene Hefer, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, Tel 010 003-3039, charleneh@specialised.com

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