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Notice of 3rd Annual General Meeting

Notice of 3rd Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster to be held at Plastics/SA, Midrand on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 10h00.

Furthermore, we would welcome your industry nominations for appointments to the Board signed by yourself as the Proposer and the Nominee as acceptance, together with a Seconder of your proposal (nomination form attached).  Such written nomination, duly seconded should be in the hands of the MD by no later than 15 October 2019. The Nominee, by signing the acceptance, agrees to comply with the roles and responsibilities set out in the attached. There are two vacancies on the Board which must represent industry.

The Board will be elected at the Annual General Meeting. The office bearers will be elected by the Board at the first committee meeting subsequent to the Annual General Meeting.

We invite you to the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Cluster and look forward to your attendance.

DATE:    Wednesday 16 October 2019
VENUE:    Plastics/SA, 18 Gazelle Avenue Corporate Park, South, Randjespark, Midrand, 1685
TIME:    10H00 SHARP

RSVP:    Email: [email protected] by Tuesday 15 October 2019 if you will be attending or sending proxy votes

ENQUIRIES:  Andy Radford 072 375 3671

CLICK HERE for the formal notice



The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber (NMBBC) is calling for applications from all qualifying SMMEs to be part of the Eastern Cape Exporter Development Programme (ECEDP) aimed at assisting local companies to start exporting.

The programme seeks to provide export related assistance to the different levels of companies. The ECEDP is targeted at those firms that are new to exporting, but require some additional incentive or support to enter and explore new markets.

The process to be enrolled will entail a thorough screening, selection and site visit process to identify firms that are ready to enter the export market.

To apply or for further information, contact Sinazo Yekiwe on [email protected] or call 041 373 1122.

CLICK HERE for more information

K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany 16-23 October 2019

K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany 16-23 October 2019

DTI – (Department of Trade and Industry) Funding:
DTI – Department of Trade and Industry under the EMIA (Export Marketing Incentive Assistance scheme) will financially assist companies wishing to participate in approved international exhibitions – subject to a successful application lodged with the DTI by an exhibitor prior to their participation in the exhibition.

Reimbursements (of a predetermined %) of exhibition costs are paid to individual exhibitors based on an approved application submitted to the DTI up to 6 months prior to the selected exhibition.

Individual exhibitors may only apply for a reimbursement of their exhibition costs where TISA (Trade Investment South Africa) does not provide a National Pavilion at the trade fair.

If a National Pavilion is scheduled for the selected fair, applicants may apply to participate on the pavilion.
For info and registration: click here

For further information or support, please contact:
Ms. Thoko Mazibuko
Representative of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH in South Africa

CLICK HERE for exhibitors online application | CLICK HERE for the order form

CLICK HERE for more information on the K Show

Call for Innovations: Innovation Award “Biocomposite of the Year 2019

Call for Innovations: Innovation Award “Biocomposite of the Year 2019

The established innovation award ”Biocomposite of the Year 2019‘‘ will be granted to the innovative and trend setting biocomposites materials and products. Producers and inventors of innovative and new applications for Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) are invited to hand over their applications by the end of September 2019. The award will be carried out within the framework of “8th Biocomposites Conference Cologne”, 14 – 15 November 2019 in the ”Maternushaus‘‘ nearby Cologne Railway station, Germany. Each nominated ”Top 6‘‘ candidate will get one free 2-day ticket for the conference and there is no entry fee to apply for the award! The event is a well-established meeting point for companies working in the field of biocomposites. This is a unique opportunity to market your new biocomposite product or innovation, which is launched to the market in 2019 or will be launched at 2020. An independent expert jury will select and nominate the ”Top 6‘‘ candidates.

After each ten-minute presentation by the nominated ”Top 6“ candidates, the participants of the conference will select the winner of the „Biocomposite of the Year 2019‘‘. The winner will be announced in the first day of the conference evening during the festive gala dinner. If you are one of the winners, nova-Institute will issue a worldwide press release and use all communication channel to publicise your material and product. You will be surprised by the impact!

All you have to do is to fill out the online form and you will get a lot in return. Please find the detailed information about the process and online application form here.
For more details about the winners from the last year – click here. We received a great feedback from these companies and they reported a significant boost for their innovation after the conference.

If you need any other information regarding the application, we are glad to assist you. We appreciate if you could please submit your innovation by the end of September latest. We look forward to seeing you at the Biocomposites Conference Cologne 14–15 November 2019 in Cologne: www.biocompositescc.com. We expect more than 300 participants, mainly from the industry.


Source | Biocomposites



Composites World (https://www.compositesworld.com) is making available the following two online learning opportunities (please adjust for SA time).

Bonding and Joining Composites and Multi-Material Parts: The Structural Adhesive Advantage
Wed, Aug 21, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM SAST
The joining of thermoset and thermoplastic composites is a challenge when designing and manufacturing multi-material assemblies.

Coatings Make Machining Easier: Innovative Finishing Solutions for 3D Printed Molds, Tools and Parts
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM SAST
Presented by Tru-Design, Polynt Composites and Composites One, this informative webinar will take attendees from an overview of current polymeric 3D printing to an in-depth presentation of proven finishing methods for enhancing surface cosmetics, ensuring vacuum integrity of 3D printed tools and parts, and filling in defects due to start/stops, bead break-outs, flow issues and air voids.

Source | Composite World

Get involved and share National Composites Week with us and the world

Get involved and share National Composites Week with us and the world

Below are suggestions of events/ideas that may suit you and your company.

  • Host a plant tour, open house or other public event, designed to showcase your company’s capabilities and expertise.
  • Use your company’s website, social media and contact list to celebrate National Composites Week by highlighting success stories about what your firm does in the industry that impacts peoples’ lives.
  • Highlight unique applications of composite materials employed by your company/facility. Include photos/video of the part and the processes used to produce it.
  • Reach out to STEM students at universities or TVET colleges in your area to promote careers in the industry and within your company.
  • Put together information that your employees can take home and share with their families. Many plant workers are not familiar with the important work they support. Use this week to pro-actively communicate with your own employees so they can go home and share the interesting things they do and technologies they support.

One of the keys to a successful National Composites Week event is make sure it gets attention, whether from local media or via social media. Because of this, it will be important that you be prepared to share images and video of your National Composites Week event with local media, social media like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and your company’s own website.

Most of all, we encourage you to have fun with your National Composites Week event/awareness initiative — the composites industry is dynamic and creative, and we are confident you can apply that same dynamism and creativity to your celebration.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Composites Week to be observed the last week of August annually.