The second yearly Manufacturing Indaba is expected to attract 350 high-level government and private-sector manufacturing delegates, compared with last year’s 240 delegates, says event organiser Siyenza Management.
The Manufacturing Indaba, which takes place from June 29 to 30 at Emperors Palace, in Ekurhuleni, will also host 80 exhibitors that will showcase new manufacturing trends, as well as the latest products and technologies, says Siyenza Management MD Liz Hart.
She tells Engineering News that, in addition to its partnerships with the Department of Trade and Industry, the City of Ekurhuleni, manufacturing industry facilitator the Manufacturing Circle, professional services firm Deloitte Southern Africa and resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa, Siyenza Management will also partner with the Department of Science and Technology, which will be responsible for bringing in three world-renowned manufacturing experts from overseas to address the South African manufacturing market at the indaba.
“This is a real boon for our event, in addition to the high-level national speakers from government and the private sector who will present at the event.”
Hart adds that Siyenza is also hosting a business matchmaking session, which will offer all exhibitors and delegates an opportunity to meet and engage with this year’s speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.
“Using the most sophisticated technology in the industry, the Manufacturing Indaba matchmaking programme promises return on investment.
“It is uniquely designed to help companies establish the right contacts, fulfil business and target-market objectives and establish long- lasting and valuable contacts in the manufacturing sector,” she explains.
Hart highlights South Africa’s pressure-filled economy, which she attributes to a decline in business confidence. She says the manufacturing industry continues to face several challenges that hinder the growth of the country’s manufacturing sector. These include a contracting manufacturing base and the threat of other emerging economies, as well as a lack of skilled human capital and cheap labour.
The Manufacturing Indaba aims to bring together business owners, industry leaders, government officials, investors and professional experts to discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions, she adds.
“The success of our nation depends on a strong and innovative manufacturing base and we must continue to work together to promote prosperity through manufacturing, science and innovation.”