AfriMold joins forces with SA Automotive Week

Two of Africa’s leading manufacturing trade shows, South African Automotive Week (SAAW) and AfriMold, have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014.

Both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre between 13-17 October at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

South African Automotive Week Working Group chairman and National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM) director Robert Houdet, said the co-hosting arrangement was a logical step that was in the interest of the industry.

“The events complement each other and their co-habitation will boost value to industry participants and create an even more powerful showcase of South Africa’s manufacturing capability,’’ Mr Houdet said.

“The synergies between these events are clear,” said Ron MacLarty, managing director of AfriMold. “By presenting them simultaneously, we are enabling the full spectrum of automotive, machining, engineering, tooling, manufacturing and related sectors the opportunity to discover all the latest trends, strategies and solutions under one roof. The combined event can now offer a broad engineering industry focus, with auto remaining the core theme, and the focus expanding from the technology behind the car all the way through to the finished product eco-system.”

South African Automotive Week director Andrew Binning, said South African Automotive Week would comprise several activities, including the trade show, technical or trade-related workshops, a two-day conference, site tours, an online match-making programme and networking activities, including the NAACAM AGM on 16 October.

“We are pleased to be co-hosting South African Automotive Week with Afrimold, as the arrangement focuses even greater automotive interest, particularly international interest, on South Africa over that time and enhances the attractiveness of South Africa as a trading partner.’’