Anticipation builds for Machine Tools Africa 2020

Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking suppliers and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 12 to 15 May 2020.

Anticipation levels are already building despite there still being five months to go before the doors open for Machine Tools Africa 2020, South Africa’s premier metalworking supplier and manufacturing technologies event.

Machine Tools Africa, launched in association with the Machine Tools Merchants’ Association of South Africa (MTMA), is the biggest trade exhibition of its kind in Africa showcasing cutting edge developments across the machine tool and related industries. Exhibitors are mainly the local machine tool suppliers together with their principals.

Enjoying strong industry support, the expo will remain a standalone show as it was in 2017 when 5 900 visitors attended the show to source new products and services and find out about latest industry trends and technologies.

“Quality tools and machinery are the backbone of the South African manufacturing industry and this important sector will take centre stage at Machine Tools Africa 2020,” says Paul Savides, current Chairman of the MTMA.

“Machine tools will not only be displayed but demonstrated. There will be equipment in machining such as turning and milling, grinding and drilling, as well as all types of sheetmetal machinery, laser, plasma cutting, bending and punching and presses. And many more machines will be displayed. Also exhibiting will be various suppliers of tooling and CAD CAM software who are an integral part of the successful machine shop.”

“As previously said it is the intention to make the exhibition an all encompassing exhibition for the niche, but very important, area of industry that we operate in.”

Machine Tools Africa 2020 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 Savides.

The arrival of Industry 4.0 has led the world to gearing up for more automation, with equipment driven and controlled by computers and handheld devices. Machine tool developments never stop and with 3D printing of metal parts, a whole new world in design and manufacture is in full swing.

However, process automation, additive manufacturing and the rise of electric vehicles is having an affect on machine sales in Europe, as witnessed at EMO 2019. Coupled with geopolitical issues, politician squabbling and the ‘hurried’ move towards electric vehicles, which require far less castings to be machined, the world of the machine tool manufacturers is in turmoil.

This presents opportunities for the local market. Lagging behind in the development, manufacture and promotion of electric vehicles on the whole African continent will see a continued demand for the combustion engine driven vehicles. Added to this is the power supply problems in Africa. At 374 215 vehicles exported in the first 11 months of 2019, the South African automotive industry is already at a new yearly record with 351 139 being achieved in 2018.

Visitors to Machine Tools Africa 2020 will include all those involved across various sectors including general mechanics, machine tools, mining, manufacturing, automotive, metallurgy, paper/pulp, research and engineering, aeronautics, aerospace, railways, energy, electronic and IT. They will be able to meet with leading companies such as Additive Manufacturing Solutions, Advanced Tooling Solutions, Alemic Machinery, Amada South Africa, Birla Precision Technologies, Bystronic South Africa, CNC Professional Machine and Engineering, Dromex, Durma, Fanuc South Africa, Flexilube, French Engineering Works (FEW), Grinding Techniques, Hi-Tech Machine Tools, HMR High Tech Machine Tools, Lead Machine Tools, Mecad Manufacturing, Pilot Tools, Pinnacle Welding & Safety, PolyWorks South Africa, Potgieter Industrial Machinery, Puma Machine Tools, Rapid 3D, Reichman Capital, Renishaw, Retecon, RGC Engineering, Samsung Machine Tool Sales, Siemens, Skok Machine Tools, Somta Tools, Spectrum Machine Tools, Tapmatic, TH Machine Tools, Toolquip & Allied, Traceability Solutions and WD Hearn Machine Tools, amongst many others.

Machine Tools Africa 2020 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.

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