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Advanced manufacturing and automation: potential and challenges - Discussion Forum Invitation
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Advanced manufacturing and automation: potential and challenges - Discussion Forum Invitation

2019/09/11 to 2019/09/13

When: 11-13 September 2019
Where: Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town, Western Cape  
South Africa


New technologies have the potential to revolutionise manufacturing industries. What is realistically feasible for South Africa? What are the challenges to realising the rich potential of 4IR technologies in manufacturing?
Event objective: The event focuses on exploring how we, as industry, government and academia, can revolutionise manufacturing industries for economic growth and for the good of South African society. Following are some of the topics:


  1. Changes needed to realise the potential of new technologies in manufacturing industries (eg attitudes, legislation/regulations, and entrepreneurship)
  2. Challenges to making the technologies commercially viable in South Africa
  3. Potential for new industries and opportunities for entrepreneurs
  4. Progress made on skills training relevant to Industry 4.0
  5. Using 4IR technologies to increase efficiency and safety
  6. Materials needed for manufacturing and South Africa’s role in mining or developing such materials

Envisaged outcomes: To collate feedback from the discussion forum and send recommendations to relevant government departments, policy makers and research institutions.
Outputs: As is usual for
 NSTF Discussion Forumsthe following outputs will be made available on thNSTF websiteproceedings; media release; speakers’ PowerPoint presentations; and video clips of presentations etc.


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