Exhibitions & Web Links

Web Links – Local Associations
Web Links – International Associations
Industry Contacts




EMO Milano

5 to 10 October 2015 • Milan, Italy
Italy will host the 2015 edition of EMO. Promoted by CECIMO, European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, the world machine tool exhibition that runs every two years in Hannover, Germany and Milan, Italy (every 6 years) alternatively, will take place from the 5th to the 10th of October at the prestigious exhibition centre of fieramilano. Machines to build the future, cutting-edge solutions that give the possibility of achieving what mankind has imagined, and technologies on which the improvement of the quality of life depends: this and much more will be EMO MILANO 2015. The spotlight will be on the wide offer of machine tools available, capable of attracting users from all the main sectors that use metal working systems. Metal forming and metal cutting machine tools, machines for welding, for thermal and surface treatments, robots, automation hardware and software, assembling, tools, parts, components, accessories, metrology, quality control, systems for safety and environmental protection will be on display.
For further details visit www.emo-milano.com
For details on the Trade Fair Travel and Metalworking News tour contact Peter Stephenson on telephone +27 31 916 1414 or visit www.tradefairtours.com


NORTEC 26-29 January 2016

NORTEC is the first German trade fair of the year for manufacturing technology and metalworking. The whole process chain for manufacturing technology will be represented here – from prototype manufacture to the tested fi nal product. Learn about the innovative services provided by manufacturers, contract manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and service providers! Renowned companies use NORTEC as a central meeting point to work together with their customers and create individually optimised solutions. Read more


METAV 23-27 February 2016

For 36 years, METAV in Düsseldorf has been the venue where technology providers can present to the trade world their metalworking, automation, production instrumentation, and software innovations for added value in the field. This presentation of current developments becomes the stage for future investments. METAV provides a platform for metalworking subjects aligned to users, for the automotive and vehicle industries, machine and plant building, aerospace, medical engineering, power and environmental technologies, precision mechanics, optics, electrical and electronic engineering, to mention but a few. METAV 2016 reaches a wide range of customers! Read more


wire DÜSSELDORF 4-8 April 2016

From 4 to 8 April 2016 the world’s leading trade fairs wire – the International Wire and Cable Fair – and Tube – the International Tube Fair – will simultaneously present their technology highlights from their respective industries at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre for the 15th time. The global economic climate is generally favourable, despite Eurozone imponderables and the Ukraine crisis. Forecasts unanimously agree that the global economy will have grown by 2 to 3 per cent in 2015. Read more


tube DÜSSELDORF 4-8 April 2016

Tube, the International Tube Fair, has so far (July 2015) received registrations for over 48,000 square metres of net exhibition space, covering the full range of pipe and tube manufacturing, processing, treatment and trade. The spectrum includes raw materials, pipes, tubes and accessories, machinery for the production of pipes and tubes, pre-owned machines, as well as tools in process engineering, auxiliary materials, measuring and control engineering and test engineering. The line-up also includes pipelines, OCTG technology, profiles and machines and the Plastic Tube Forum (PTF). So far (July 2015) 741 exhibitors from 41 countries have registered. Read more


MACH 11-15 April 2016

MACH is the outstanding showcase for advances in the manufacturing industry brought to you by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a UK based trade association dealing specifically with engineering based manufacturing. It is a biennial exhibition which brings together all the best innovations and latest developments to come from the manufacturing technologies sectors under one roof. Read more


Lamiera 11-14 May 2016

As the fourth consumer market in the world and second in Europe, Italy praises LAMIERA as one of the most qualified international exhibitions related to the metal forming machine tools industry, and to all the technologies developed for the sheet metal working. The 2016 edition of LAMIERA will take place from the 11 to 14 may at the Fiera Bologna exhibition quarter. Promoted by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the association of Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots, and automation systems, the exhibition is organized by CEU-CENTRO ESPOSIZIONI UCIMU. Read more


29TH BIEMH 30th May-4th June 2016

The 4th industrial revolution has given rise to what is known as the “smart factory” or “industry 4.0.” Industries are now evolving towards computerised versions of factories, where all processes are interconnected and interact with each other. The new challenges for industry are software development, massive data analysis systems, data storage systems, the incorporation of sensors and electronics into equipment that interacts with production processes and into the resulting products. The relationship between human beings and machines is changing, and richer information can now be obtained for better, righter decision-making. All these trends will be on show at the 29th BIEMH. Read more


IMTS 12-17 September 2016

IMTS 2016 is the 31st edition of the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. More than 2,000 exhibiting companies will occupy 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space at the McCormick Place complex in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts more than 114,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries. Read more


BI-MU 30th September-4th October 2016

Third in the international exporters ranking, Italy hosts BI-MU as one of the oldest and most qualified international events dedicated to the Italian machine tools, robot, automation systems and ancillary products industry. Promoted by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the association of Italian manufacturers of machine tools, robots and automation systems, 29.BI-MU is organised by EFIM-ENTE FIERE ITALIANE MACCHINE. Read more


EuroBLECH 25-29 October 2016

From 25 – 29 October 2016 the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will open its doors again in Hanover, Germany. As the world’s leading exhibition for the sheet metal working industry, EuroBLECH offers a global platform for the presentation of the latest technology to a specialised audience of the industry’s key purchasers and decision makers. A total of 59,600 international trade visitors and 1,573 exhibitors from 38 countries attended the previous show. Read more


JIMTOF 17-22 November 2016

JIMTOF2016 will be organised by Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association and Tokyo Big Sight Inc. The scale of JIMTOF2016 will be the largest ever including the East New Exhibition Hall, built by Tokyo Big Sight Inc. At JIMTOF2016, the East New Exhibition Hall will be available mainly for exhibitors from overseas. In addition, a part of the space will be provided as the spaces for rest and refreshments, and an International Lounge for exhibitors and visitors from overseas. We aim at providing a more comfortable and thoroughly international trade show by creating spaces with high satisfaction to both exhibitors and visitors. Read more

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