Anticipation builds for Machine Tools Africa 2017

Exhibition space is at a premium with 62,9% already booked and reserved.

Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking suppliers and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017.

Anticipation levels are already building despite there still being 16 months to go before the doors open for Machine Tools Africa 2017, South Africa’s premier metalworking supplier and manufacturing technologies event.

“We already have 62,9% of the exhibition space in halls 6 and 7 booked and reserved. This is a remarkable response as the announcement of the exhibition was only made four months ago. It has exceeded our expectations and the committee of the MTMA (Machine Tool Merchants Association of Southern Africa), the association behind the concept to resurrect the stand-alone machine tool and related industry exhibition after an absence of 20 years, and we are encouraged by the interest shown,” said Hans-Peter Neth, current Chairman of the MTMA.


“As previously said it is the intention to make it an all encompassing exhibition for the niche, but very important, area of industry that we operate in. We will be encouraging all the related suppliers and manufacturers to participate so that we put on a united and professional front. This includes tooling, software, metrology, additive manufacturing, foundries and many others.”

Machine Tools Africa 2017 will be unique in the sense that it will showcase live working machinery including milling, turning, metrology, tooling, laser cutting and other sheet metal and plate operations, to name but a few. The exhibition will also bring together the industry’s finest manufacturers across a range of technologies.

“In a sense, the exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to view the latest developments in our industry from design concept to finished product. Whether you are planning to purchase capital equipment to manufacture your own components or products or you are interested to source the very same, there will be an exhibitor to help you with your solution,” continued Hans-Peter Neth.

“The Nasrec Expo Centre has a number of other halls available for us to use, and these will be opened up for exhibition space as the demand grows.”


Visitors to Machine Tools Africa 2017 will include all those involved in machine tools across various sectors including general mechanics, machine tools, mining, manufacturing, automotive, metallurgy, paper/pulp, research and engineering, aeronautics, aerospace, railways, energy, electronic and IT.

A series of free-to-attend technical seminars co-located with Machine Tools Africa 2017 will enhance the visitor experience and add value to the programme.

Machine Tools Africa 2017 has all the hallmarks of being a fantastic showcase for South Africa’s advanced metalworking manufacturing technologies sectors. With working demonstrations of machinery, a compelling seminar programme and some of the finest names in manufacturing all under one roof, visitors to this edition of the exhibition will need more than one day to experience everything the show has to offer.

For more information email the MTMA on or contact John Sterley, Sales Executive at Specialised Exhibitions on TEL: 011 835 1565, Direct: 010 003 3053 or Cell: 084 828 0034 or Leatitia van Straten, Marketing Director at Specialised Exhibitions on email