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Mr Henk Snyman, secretary of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa, said that, “It is common knowledge that government policy says that we must reindustrialise the country. The Manufacturing Industry in South Africa is hovering at 11.12% of the GDP. We need to increase the percentage of GDP in manufacturing, we need to create jobs in South Africa.”
The Taiwan Machine Tool Industry press conference and technology forum, took place at South African Automotive Week in Midrand, the focus of the event was Intelligent Machine Tools Creating a Better Tomorrow.
“Toolmakers form the foundation of all industry, if you do not have a tool, you cannot make anything. Toolmakers are critical to the future of South Africa’s manufacturing industry,” said Snyman.
The South African Government is currently rolling out a R134 million initiative to train 1200 toolmakers in South Africa to an internationally competative standard.
Mr Lee Hwang, Vice President of the Topology Research Institute, said that Taiwan is the world’s 4th largest exporter of machine tools and the 7th largest producer of machine tools in the world.
There are 4 major precision tool making parks in Taiwan and due to increasing demand, Taiwan’s machine tool exports are expected to increase from 4 billion USD in 2011 to 4.5 billion USD in 2015, which will make Taiwan the world’s largest machine tools exporter. Mr Hwang said that the secret to Taiwan’s success is discipline, price and excellence.
“It is my wish that this will be the start of interaction with Taiwan to work together to get the knowledge that is required for South Africa to become a great manufacturing industry. For Taiwan to be able to supply the necessary equipment and knowledge and for South Africa to apply this equipment and knowledge,” said Snyman.
Mr Hwang spoke about increasing collaboration between South Africa and Taiwan, “we need to work harder and provide better quality, better service at better prices to support the South African industry.”
Mr Paul Savides, MD of PBS Machine Tools gave a presentation on the changes and developments in the machine tooling industry and said that, “Machine Tool organisations will have to react to the fast changing demands from industry in the future.
Key dignitaries at the Taiwan Machine Tools Industry Press Conference and Technology Forum, at South African Automotive Week. (Right to left)Bob Bond, Tshwane University of Technology, Andrew Binning, South African Automotive Week Project Manager, Mr Paul Savides, MD of PBS Machine Tools, Mr Lee Hwang, Vice President of the Topology Research Institute, Henk Snyman secretary of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa, Pei-Yung Hsu, Representative of Taipei Liasion Office in South Africa, Norman Lamprecht, Executive Manager NAAMSA, Eric Wu, Marketing Manager Vision Wide Tech and Vusumuzi Mkhize, National Chairman: Toolmaking Association of South Africa.