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Do you have an innovative Clean Technology or Smart Manufacturing solution that could:

  • Help solve the environmental threats facing the world?
  • Help change the lives of millions of South Africans by contributing to clean water, health, off-grid electricity or sanitation?

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) invites entrepreneurs with innovative clean technology solutions to submit applications for its annual competition and business accelerator.
Although all applications will be considered, we would like to especially encourage female, young and black entrepreneurs to apply.

CLICK HERE for more info

ACMA Thermoplastic Composites Conference issues call for abstracts

ACMA Thermoplastic Composites Conference issues call for abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Thermoplastics Composites Conference, which will take place April 29 – May 1, 2020, in San Diego, Calif., U.S., and is presented by the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., U.S.). Abstract submissions will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2019.

This conference will explore market drivers for thermoplastic composites and how they can offer solutions to help evolve the industry and expand it into new market segments.

ACMA says that conference presenters will reach an audience of nearly 300 composite industry leaders and professionals who apply high-performance thermoplastic composite solutions in their products and business, and use, manufacture or service thermoplastic composites. End users are also encouraged to participate in the full event, including the call for abstracts.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Market Needs, including OEM Viewpoints and Perspectives,
  • New or Innovative Applications,
  • Advancement in Materials,
  • Durability of Thermoplastic Composites,
  • Non-destructive Evaluation and Inspection,
  • Designing with Thermoplastic Composites,
  • Increasing Production Rate,
  • Automation,
  • Additive Manufacturing,
  • Secondary and Re-purposing Opportunities, and
  • Recycling and Sustainability.

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact John Catapano, business development manager, at [email protected].

More information on the conference can be found at http://www.cvent.com/events/thermoplastics-composites-conference-2020/event-summary-1e2d1e0090cd4706ae5195cb7cb3fe40.aspx. Registration will be open in early 2020.

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.

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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