The fact that local companies have been visiting the annual JEC composites exhibition in Paris over the past few years, and are actually attending the 2017 edition this exact week, provides the context for the historical composites link between the two countries and the foundation for expanding the level of collaboration.
The recent handshake between our Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and the newly appointed French ambassador Christophe Farnaud will be followed up by a number of Industry-to-Industry and Government-to-Government meetings facilitated by the Governments of both countries taking place in both France and South Africa. The aim of these meetings is to identify opportunities for collaboration and related funding mechanisms to roll out projects that address the needs at individual company level, as well as at broader industry level. Topics for discussion could be trade, business partnerships, localization, export, distribution, skills development, technology, etc.
The MBCC will be actively involved in these meetings to support and/or represent the cluster participants and to present topics for bilateral collaboration at industry level. The company directory on the MBCC website (www.mandelabaycompositescluster.co.za) will be used as the portal to link and direct French companies to cluster participants. If you are not a cluster participant yet, we urge you to do so, so that the MBCC can represent you and enhance your visibility to the rest of the industry, your French counterparts and future international collaboration partners. Please visit the website for more information about what the cluster does and how to participate.
The MBCC has been invited to represent the Composites industry in France and we invite you to send us your ideas on collaboration as mentioned above. The first incoming trade mission with a focus on ‘composite boats and leisure craft’ will take place between 27-30 June 2017 in South Africa. More info to follow shortly.
Issued by Mandela Bay Composites Cluster
Dr Kjelt van Rijswijk – Technical Director
Cell: 076 384 3484
Email: [email protected]escluster.co.za