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Think Composites! Short Course Durban 19 May 2017

Think Composites! Short Course Durban 19 May 2017

CESA accredited course
Attendees at the course earn 1 CPD point

R 995.00 for non-members
R 495.00 for registered cluster participants

Course Venue
Durban University of Technology

Course Description
Ask any global expert what the first step is in a career in composites and the answer will most likely be:      “ forget everything you have learned about metals”.
The education of engineers and technicians is built on metal principles.  These same metal principles form the foundation of manufacturing management and technology entrepreneurship courses.
Being a cross-over between engineering and chemistry, composite technology requires a different foundation for developing products, setting up production facilities, running manufacturing companies and conducting business.
This ‘Think Composites!’ course aims to ‘unlearn metals’ and to build a composite foundation that covers not only the various aspects of materials, manufacturing and design, but more importantly the unbreakable link between these three elements. The latter is a fundamental difference with metal technology and a common source for failing composite products and businesses.

Outcomes of course
The main outcome of the course is to recognize and understand the differences between metals and composites and how they impact the engineering, manufacturing and business environment. The course will beef up the engineering angle of participants with a chemistry background, and add a polymer chemistry flavor to engineering participants.
The theory presented combined with industry best practices will assist participants with identifying, avoiding and solving common mistakes in composite design and manufacturing.
The ‘Think Composites!’ course prepares participants for follow-up composite courses and composite courses which are sector specific (e.g. advanced aerospace composites or boat building courses).

Stop thinking metals and start thinking composites before you do any further education to progress a career in composites.  

All participants receive:
•    Printed course-book.
•    CD with Standard Workshop Procedures (SWPs) compiled by the local industry. These SWPs package international best practices covering a wide range of materials and processes, design methods and production facilities. The practical nature of the SWPs combined with the theoretical background of the course itself, provide a valuable basis from which to establish, improve and even certify composite facilities and products.
•    A 30-minutes, 30 question multiple choice exam for self-evaluation purposes.
•    A certificate of attendance.

Who should Attend
The ‘Think Composites!’ 1-day course is essential for anyone who:
has started a career in composites, is thinking about a career in composites,  or who is involved in the support, development and production of any composite products or the companies making them.
Although the primary focus is on developing the technical workforce for the industry, the course is presented in such a way that it also adds value for non-technical managers of manufacturing companies and manufacturing-related policy makers. The course introduces a common platform and terminology from which industry, academia and government representatives can engage and build partnerships.

Contact [email protected] for more details

Request for Interest: Lease of land in the port of Port Elizabeth

Request for Interest: Lease of land in the port of Port Elizabeth

In March 2017, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) opened a tender for leasing 43,000 sqm land in the port of Port Elizabeth on a “20 years plus 10 year option”. The harbor is directly in front of the MBCC building and ideally suitable for export of products through the onsite container terminal. Together with the Baakensvalley precinct behind the harbor the port will form Port Elizabeth’s envisaged light manufacturing and innovation corridor.

The MBCC would like to know if there is interest for the establishment of a composites manufacturing zone on the 43,000 sqm plot for which we could consider a syndicated group application to TNPA. Co-location of composite manufacturers will facilitate the creation of a skilled labor pool and access to shared facilities. The MBCC will look into the options for structuring such a joint application.

To get the ball rolling, we would simply like to ask at this stage for interested parties to send an email to [email protected]. If already known, please include the number of square meters you would be looking for and the relevant timelines for taking up occupation in the port. Rough estimates will suffice at this stage.   

MBCC Task team Project Feedback session and “Baakens Valley Innovation Corridor” Composites walk through

MBCC Task team Project Feedback session and “Baakens Valley Innovation Corridor” Composites walk through

MBCC Task team Project Feedback session and next steps

09H00 to 12H00 on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at the MBCC, 2 Oakworth Drive, Humerail Port Elizabeth.

To receive feedback on progress of the projects scoped on 18 January 2017, realign where necessary and consider adopting any new projects. Any group of companies wishing to present a new project to the MBCC for consideration must submit before COB 12 April 2017 to [email protected]


“Baakens Valley Innovation Corridor” Composites walk through

08H00 to 10H30 on Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Baakens Valley, South End, Port Elizabeth. Starting at Momsens Cycles and ending at the Harbour entrance.

Having many composites companies and other stakeholders (including Central Government) in Port Elizabeth for other meetings during this week, the purpose of the walk through is to identify opportunities to display, test, and innovate using composites. Examples may be to replace a rusty handrail with a composites one (such as used on Albany Road off-ramp) or to replace a stolen cast iron manhole cover with a composite one. We would also like to pay short visit to Momsens bicycles, The Boardroom surfboard factory, Nauti Tech boats, Werk, MBDA and finish up at the harbour entrance.

Andy will then formulale the opportunities into projects and pass them on to the landlords, Metro, TNPA or MBDA for approval prior to implementing. Depending on the size and scale of the composite applications, much of the material will be donated by the companies themselves or the cost of the work can be covered in current project funding. Please note that this is not a “call for funding”, but rather an “invitation to collaboration”.

Vacuum Infusion Training

19 April 2017


Plastics SA – Unit D, Olympic Park, 969 Voortrekker Rd, Maitland, Cape Town, 7460

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Skills development for the Eastern Cape’s maritime manufacturing industry

Skills development for the Eastern Cape’s maritime manufacturing industry

Skills development for the Eastern Cape’s maritime manufacturing industry

The Office of the Premier of the Eastern Cape, the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Coega Human Capital Solutions have embarked on a coordinated effort to develop the manufacturing skills for the province’s Ocean Economy, working closely with the various public and private training providers, institutes and universities. The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster’s involvement will specifically focus on composite manufacturing and engineering skills.

In order to make sure that the developed skills are relevant to industry, significant focus will be placed on on-the-job learning and internships for students of the various TVET Colleges and Universities in the province. Early exposure to the real-life manufacturing environment will prepare students better for a career in engineering and manufacturing, whereas hosting companies will get the opportunity to hone the capabilities of students to specific needs of the industry and to earmark talent for future employment.

Industry has requested to be better informed and prepared for hosting students to enhance the experience and the outputs of collaborative skills development. We are currently gauging the appetite for ‘mentor training’ for the numerous company supervisors that will take one or more students under their wings.

Although our cluster participants will become actively involved in this collaborative training effort, it is needless to say that the training of the future manufacturing and engineering workforce is larger than the MBCC and involves a broader range of manufacturing and installation skills: e.g. composites, boiler making, welding, carpentry, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, engines, etc.

If you are a manufacturing company in the Easter Cape that is currently manufacturing products related to the Ocean Economy, or has the ambition to do so in the near future, please let us know whether you are interested in participating in the “mentor training” and hosting of manufacturing students and learners by sending an email to Envor Wesso of Coega: [email protected].

I repeat that this initiative focuses on manufacturing, and is not limited to only composite manufacturing skills development.

Kind regards,