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Lamiera 2019

Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy from 15 to 18 May 2019

The exhibition area of Lamiera is growing and expanding. The international exhibition dedicated to sheet metal machines and to innovative technologies related to the sector, will take place at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy from 15 to 18 May 2019. In addition to the traditional halls 13 and 15, pavilion 18 will also be occupied and has been named the Innovation Hall.

Lamiera is Italy’s most qualified international exhibition for metal forming technology and equipment and in particular for machine tools for sheet metal working and for manufacturing pipes, sections, wire and metal structures, as well as dies, welding and heat, surface treatment and finishing.


Local Manufacturing Exhibition 2019

Expo Centre, Nasrec, Gauteng from 21 to 23 May 2019

Organised by the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, and endorsed by the Premier of Gauteng the exhibition is scheduled to take place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Gauteng from 21 to 23 May 2019.

The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery has announced the launch of the Local Manufacturing Exhibition 2019 (LME), an exhibition that aims to showcase South Africa’s local manufacturing capabilities.

The manufacturing sector offers the potential to significantly accelerate South Africa’s economic growth and development. With a specific focus on Gauteng, the exhibition will showcase leading local industries to thousands of potential national and international investors.

For further details on the Local Manufacturing Exhibition visit www.localmanufacturingexpo.co.za


Messe Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany 25 to 29 June 2019

As focus begins to shift toward the most important international exhibition for the foundry industry – GIFA/NEWCAST/METEC/THERMPROCESS 2019 (GMTN) – that takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, if you are involved in any way in the South African foundry industry you are encouraged to attend the world’s number one foundry exhibition and its accompanying conferences. The exhibition only takes place on a four-year cycle, so it is even more important to attend if you wish to keep up-to-date with the trends in the foundry industry.

With 2 000 exhibitors and around 78 000 metalworking professionals expected to attend from around the world, Düsseldorf, Germany will once again become a hotspot for international foundry and metalwork technology from 25 to 29 June 2019. Under the slogan “The Bright World of Metals”, the trade fair quartet, comprising GIFA, NEWCAST, METEC and THERMPROCESS, covers the entire spectrum both in-depth and with a wide scope, ranging from foundry technology, casting products, metallurgy and thermal processing technology.

Visit our article for a comprehensive overview for more information – Metalworking News and Trade Fair Tours

EMO Hannover 2019

Hanover Fairground, Messegelände, Hannover, Germany, 16 to 21 September 2019

Pack your bag and get ready to attend this exciting B2B event, EMO Hannover 2019 which exhibits a whole new range of products ranging from that of turning machines, drilling machines, boring machines, milling machines, flexible manufacturing cells and systems, transfer machines, grinding machines, tool grinding machines, planning, shaping, slotting and broaching machines, gear cutting and finishing machines, sawing and cutting off machines, and screwing and threading machines. With the exchange of industrial knowhow and specialised networking events the highlights of the show, the entire business community benefits from it.

Exhibitors come to EMO Hannover from all over the world and from all segments of metalworking technology. With approximately 60% of exhibitors from outside of Germany, EMO Hannover is the world’s most international trade fair for metalworking. Experts from the industry know and recognise that fact – which is another reason why no other trade fair can match the international character of EMO Hannover’s visiting public.

Visit our article for a comprehensive overview for more information – Metalworking News and Trade Fair Tours


METAV 2018

Messegelande Düsseldorf, Germany from 20 to 24 February 2018

International trade fair for metalworking technologies Metav is the leading trade fair for metalworking production technology held every two years. Visitors at Metav discover the complete range of machine tools, precision tools, automation components and systems. Standard machine solutions for series production are displayed as well as customised machines for specific challenges.

Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (VDW) is the organiser and the promoters are Messegelande Düsseldorf.

MACH 2018

NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom from 9 to 13 April 2018

MACH is the UK’s premier event for engineering-based manufacturing technologies. MACH showcases advances in the manufacturing industry in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, power generation, medical, autosports, rail, and space.

The biennial exhibition brings together the latest developments and best innovations and provides manufacturers of all sizes and sectors the chance to network with key clients and prospects as well as gain insight into their needs and future vision for supply chain manufacturing. The majority of exhibitors will display equipment and related tooling and accessories used for shaping, forming, bending, cutting and removal of metal.

The show is organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a UK-based trade association dealing specifically with engineering-based manufacturing.


Tube 2018

Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany from 16 to 20 April 2018

Meet your business partners at the the world’s most important trade fair for the tube and tube processing industry. Business is conducted here; valuable contacts are made and cultivated here; and here you will also see the global innovations that everyone will be talking about tomorrow. Those who are of importance, and those who would like to be, are at Tube. You should be there, too.


Wire 2018

Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany from 16 to 20 April 2018

Meet your business partners at the world’s most important trade fair for the wire and cable industry.
Business is conducted here; valuable contacts are made and cultivated here; and here you will also see the global innovations that everyone will be talking about tomorrow. Those who are of importance, and those who would like to be, are at wire. You should be there, too.


BIEMH 2018

Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Bilbao, Spain from 28 May to 01 June 2018

BIEMH 2018 is the 30th edition of the biennial international machine tool exhibition that is held in Spain and promoted by the association AFM (Advanced Manufacturing Technologies). On display are products offered by manufacturers and distributors in the fields of machinery, tools, components & accessories, automation, metrology, quality control and other equipment.

The main exhibition areas will include machine tools, other machinery, tools, parts, components and accessories, production system, automation, manufacturing software, metrology and quality control, services, composites and digital factory.

Bilbao Exhibition Center is the organiser of BIEMH 2018


IMTS 2018

McCormick Place, Chicago, US from 10 to 15 September 2018

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is a six-day event and is regarded as the Americas’ largest manufacturing show. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago and attracts over 2400 exhibitors.

The 32nd edition of North America’s largest manufacturing exhibition will feature new and innovative products for metalworking manufacturing. This includes digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing and connectivity, machine tools, tooling and other equipment and systems used in metalworking.

The exhibition is owned and promoted by the AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology.


EuroBLECH 2018

Hanover, Germany from 23 to 26 October 2018

EuroBLECH has been serving the sheet metal working industry as their leading international trade exhibition for almost fifty years. The event is a showcase for technological developments, an economic and trend barometer as well as a marketplace for business on a global scale. With its audience that exclusively consists of industry professionals and trade visitors ready to invest, EuroBLECH is a unique platform for manufacturers and suppliers to market their machines, products and services to the sheet metal working industry.



Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan from 1 to 6 November 2018

JIMTOF2018 will be the 29th edition of one of the world’s largest metalworking equipment and related products exhibitions.

National and international exhibitors will present and introduce their latest developed products at JIMTOF, which is widely regarded by industry insiders around the world as the premier platform for introducing state-of-the-art technologies.

Product groups on display include CAD, CBN tools, cemented carbide tools, diamond tools, grinding wheels, high speed steel tools, machine tool accessories, machine tools, machinery software, measuring instruments, metal cutting tools, metal forming tools, oil hydraulic machinery, optical measuring instruments, pneumatic machinery, precision measuring machines, water hydraulic machinery and many others.

Organised by Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association and Tokyo Big Sight Inc


Web Links – Local Associations




The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) is the voice of and the gateway to, the South African Aluminium industry. AFSA’s members are companies operating in any of the various sectors of the industry including aluminium metal production, both primary and secondary, semi-fabrication including extruded and rolled products, architectural, building and construction, fabrication and general engineering including welding and bonding covering a variety of market sectors such as packaging, castings, surface finishing and suppliers to the industry.
For further details visit www.afsa.org.za


The Machine Tool Merchants’ Association of South Africa (MTMA), founded in November 1956, is a trade organisation representing the importers of machine tools throughout South Africa. The association functions in the basic manner of most national trade associations. Annually the MTMA elects five non-salaried officers from among its membership to act as chairman and vice-chairman and committee members. Principally these officers are owners or top management personnel within member companies. None of these elected officers is active on a day-to-day basis in the association, however it is their function to provide basic direction and establishment of policies and priorities for the year ahead for the MTMA.

Membership is restricted to companies importing new machine tools and which have an infrastructure to support the stocking, marketing and after-sales-service of machine tools.
For further details visit www.mtma.co.za



The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) represents the interests of automotive component suppliers in South Africa, and has more than 170 member companies. Around 45% of component production is sold to local vehicle assemblers, 30% is exported, mainly to overseas assemblers, and 25% goes to the local spare parts market.

Naacam members employ almost 50 000 people and recorded turnover of more than R55 billion in 2012.
For further details visit www.naacam.co.za



The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) has since 1964 been involved in increasing the awareness and use of stainless steel in Southern Africa. The organisation provides a platform for SASSDA members to collectively promote the sustainable growth and development of the industry with the main emphasis on stainless steel converted within the South African economy.

SASSDA also provides a comprehensive list of services to its member base including technical information and advice, education, training and skills upgrading, a range of publications and marketing, industry and business development support. SASSDA members are grouped into one of several industry sectors, architectural, building and construction, castings, consumer products, fabricators, importers, tube and pipe manufacturers, service centres, stockists and welding.
For further details visit www.sassda.co.za



The South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) is the voice of the South African foundry industry. Its mission is to advance the services and technology related to the manufacturing and use of metal castings through education and training, skills development and the dissemination of information and research, thereby creating growth and job opportunities.

The SAIF also facilitates the meeting of stakeholders engaged in the metalcasting and allied industries, to correspond and exchange ideas to the science and practice of the casting of metals, to promote and facilitate research, in the practice of foundry operations. It also represents the South African foundry industry in common challenges and initiatives with government, municipal and other local authorities, state owned organisations, educational institutions and the standards and specifications authorities on any matter within its mandate.
For further details visit www.foundries.org.za



The Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) was established in 2004 as a representative body for the South African tool, die and mould (TDM) making industry in South Africa. TASA is constituted as a national body with representation from all provinces that have significant tool, die and mould making activities. Representation is through the TASA provincial structures.

TASA was a driving force in the mobilisation of the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) and will remain an important and strong stakeholder in the process of the full establishment of the NTI which has as a national objective namely, the revitalisation and the rehabilitation of the South African tool, die and mould making industry through manufacturing growth and technical skills development.
For further details visit www.ntipweb.co.za



The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is a non-profit technical organisation dedicated to furthering standards in welding-fabrication and related technologies. Established in 1948, it is a founder member of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). SAIW provides training programmes, consultancy and industry support services. Based in Johannesburg, with branches in Cape Town and Durban, they are active throughout Southern African and also have experience further afield – predominantly in Central Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the United Arab Emirates.

SAIW offers a wide range of courses in welding technology and Non Destructive Testing (NDT) at its Johannesburg training school and also conducts training at venues around South Africa and in other countries. An Authorised National Body (ANB) of IIW since 2003, SAIW offers the full range of IIW qualifications – Engineer, Technologist, Specialist, Practitioner, Welder and Inspector. SAIW also has strong affiliations with leading training organisations such as the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria.
For further details visit www.saiw.co.za

Web Links – International Associations


The Spanish Association of Machine Tool Manufacturers (AFM) represents their formidable machine tool industry. This site features an excellent listing of machine tool builders, an inquiry system to locate distributors, a thorough representation of the associations services to members, and a fabulous overview of a sometimes overlooked machine tool powerhouse. Also worthy of special note is their Proschools program, “a consortium for exporting machine tools for the education sector, set up under the auspices of (this association) and specialising in equipment for technical training centres and institutions all over the world.” A noble and inspirational cause. Visit, and get acquainted with an outstanding organisation and market.
For further details visit www.afm.es



The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes US based manufacturing technology and its members, those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specialises in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce.  AMT owns and manages IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. The USMTO report is compiled by AMT and all data in the report is based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. AMT is growing into a technology provider and advocate with the creation, development and promotion of MTConnect – a communication standard that allows machines to share and interpret data between them. The American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) is an association within the AMT.
For further details visit www.amtonline.org



CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. It brings together 15 national associations of machine tool builders, which represent approximately 1500 industrial enterprises in Europe, over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO defends the common interests of its members, particularly in relation to authorities and associations.

CECIMO also promotes the European machine tool industries and their development in the fields of economy, technology and science. CECIMO covers more than 97% of total machine tool production in Europe and more than one third worldwide. It accounts for almost 150 000 employees and a turnover of nearly €22 Billion in 2012. Three quarters of CECIMO production is shipped abroad, whereas more than half of it is exported outside Europe.
For further details visit www.cecimo.eu

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A non-profit trade organisation based in Japan, the Japan Machine Tool Builders Association (JMTBA) was formed in 1951 for the purpose of endorsing the machine tool industry of the country as a means to develop the national economy. Representing the manufacturers and producers of heavy machinery, especially in the field of cutting equipment, this organisation seeks to further the interests of its member community through its activities.

The head office of this organisation is located in Tokyo and steering its management are a Chairman and a President. Running with the aim of promoting global exchange of knowledge and expertise through research and development, this organisation also organises various related trade events and conferences to benefit its member base. The Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) and the International Machine Tool Engineers Conference are two major events of this organisation.
For further details visit www.jmtba.or.jp/english/‎

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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is an outstanding US organisation with a big, big website. Books and other technical materials are available – most are for sale, with reduced rates for SME members. Other features included in this information-rich site include several excellent publications, membership information (and privileges), information for (and from) their substantial exposition schedule, many local and national technical seminars, conferences and expositions, and their purchase of ToolingU – the premier provider of technical, manufacturing and shop floor training – adds up to a manufacturing powerhouse of online resources. If you’re in manufacturing, you need to visit this site.
For further details visit www.sme.org



The Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry was founded in 1981 to promote and build the Taiwan machinery sector. Their web presence provides a comprehensive suppliers database searchable by name or product category and an absolutely wonderful repository of Taiwanese machine tool and manufacturing statistics. Another must-see if Taiwan’s in your company’s sights.
For further details visit www.tami.org


UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE is the Italian machine tool, robots, automation systems and ancillary products (NC, tools, components, accessories) manufacturers’ association.

The official representative of the sector, UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE has today over two hundred associate member companies, which account for over 70% of the Made in Italy of the sector.

The value and the long-standing tradition of member companies, characteristic of one of the sectors that best represents the whole manufacturing chain, and the capabilities of the association network, make UCIMU one of the most influential representatives of Sistema Confindustria (General Confederation of Italian industry System).
For further details visit www.ucimu.it/en


The German Machine Tool Builders Association (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken – VDW) supports its members in all relevant areas from knowledge transfer to organising international trade fairs and conferences for nearly 120 years, which includes EMO, a leading international machine tool exhibition. It was organised for the first time under the name of EMO (Exposition de la Machine-Outil) in 1975 in Paris. The EMO fair takes place every uneven year and in 2003, the initial EMO cycle (Hannover-Paris-Hannover-Milan) was modified by CECIMO into Hannover-Hannover-Milan. EMO® is a registered trademark of CECIMO and receives the support of its fifteen member national associations, which includes the VDW.

The VDW has a voluntary membership of around 280 firms, which account for about 90% the industry’s total turnover. Together with the Sector Association Machine Tools and Manufacturing Systems within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), the VDW represents the industry’s interests to legislators, authorities, client industries and the public. Permanent committees and working groups ensure the exchange of industry-specific opinions and experiences. It regularly informs members about current technological, economic, legal matters and they strongly support joint research. In close cooperation with the institutes of the WGP (Scientific Society for Production Engineering) they initiate practice-based projects from which their members and the whole industry benefit.
For further details visit www.vdw.de

Industry Contacts

Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)
Private Bag X36, Rosslyn, 0200
Tel: +27 12 564-5300
Fax: +27 12 564-5301

Automotive Industry Development Centre,
Eastern Cape
73 2nd Avenue, 1st Floor, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth
P O Box 63835, Greenacres, 6057
Tel: +27 41 393 2100
Fax: +27 41 363 0762

Automotive Industry Export Council (AIEC)
P O Box 40611, Arcadia, 0007
Tel: +27 12 323-2980
Fax: +27 12 326-3232

Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG)
P O Box 135, Petervale, 2151
Cell: +27 (0)82 806 3310
e-mail: kendewar@mweb.co.za

Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Private Bag X6009, Port Elizabeth, 6000
Tel: 08610 COEGA/08610 26342
Tel: +27 41 403-0400

Department of Trade & Industry (the dti)
Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA)
Export Marketing & Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA)
Private Bag X84, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 12 394-0000
Customer Care Centre: 0861 843 384
Tel: +27 12 394-9500 (International Callers)
Fax: +27 12 394-9501 (International Fax)

Durban Automotive Cluster
Unit 3 St Helier Office Park, Valdean Road, Gillitts, 3610
Postnet Suite 10139, Private Bag X7005, Hillcrest, 3650
Tel: +27 31 764 6100
Fax: +27 86 607 4510
e-mail: terry@bmanalysts.com

East London IDZ
P O Box 19254, Tecoma, East London, 5214
Tel: +27 43 702-8200

Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd
P O Box 784055, Sandton, 2146
Tel: +27 11 269-3000
Fax: +27 11 269-3116

International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC)
Private Bag X753 Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 12 394-3590 (International)
Customer Care Centre: 0861 843 384

3rd Floor, Block B, Metropolitan Park, 8 Hillside Road, Parktown, 2001
Tel: +27 11 551-5202
Fax: 0866 730017

Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa
Suite 156, Private Bag X025, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Tel: +27 12 841-2945
Fax: +27 12 841-2842
e-mail: mi.ombudsman@netactive.co.za

National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA)
P O Box 40611, Arcadia, 0007
Tel: +27 12 323-2980/1
Fax: +27 12 326-3232

National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)
Private Bag X25, Brooklyn, 0075
Tel: +27 12 428-5000
Sharecall: 0860 722 700
Fax: +27 12 428-5199

National Tooling Initiative Programs
P O Box 390222, Bramley, 2018
Tel: +27 11 531-0761
Fax: +27 11 531-0778
e-mail: info@ntipweb.co.za

National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA)
P O Box 260483, Excom, 2023
Tel: +27 11 689-1700/1/2/3
Fax: +27 11 833-6330 / 6408

Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)
P O Box 2940, Randburg, 2125
Tel: +27 11 789-2542/886-6300
Fax: +27 11 789-4525

SA Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Private Bag X191, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 12 428-7911
Fax: +27 12 344-1568

SA Insurance Association
P O Box 30619, Braamfontein, 2017
Tel: +27 11 726-5381
Fax: +27 11 726-5351

SA Petroleum Industry Association
P O Box 7082, Roggebaai, 8012
Tel: +27 21 419-8054
Fax: +27 21 419-8058

SA Reserve Bank (SARB)
P O Box 427, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 12 313-3911/0861 127 272
Fax: +27 12 313-3197/313-3929

SA Revenue Services
Private Bag X923, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: +27 12 422-4000
Fax: +27 12 422-5181

SA Tyre Manufacturers’ Conference (SATMC)
P O Box 1370, Ferndale, 2160
Tel: +27 11 791-1449
Fax: 086 503 9880
e-mail: info@rubbersa.com

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA)
P O Box 1338, Johannesburg, 2000
Tel: +27 11 298-9400
Fax: +27 11 298-9500

The Road Freight Association (RFA)
P O Box 511, Isando, 1600
Tel: +27 11 974-4399
Fax: +27 11 974-4903

Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA)
P O Box 661, Pinetown, 3600
Tel: +27 31 700-5563
Fax: +27 31 700-5562