A three-day programme of seminars is planned for the KwaZulu-Natal  Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE), which is billed as the province’s ultimate interactive expo for the industrial sector. The event, which will be held from July 24 to 26, is said to offer an impressive showcase of opportunities for visitors interested in sourcing industry technology solutions, from light to heavy industry, as well as printing and packaging equipment.

Apart from the exhibits, the expo includes three days of industry-related seminars. Highlights include:

Day 1, July 24

10.30-11.30 Economic Insights: Implications for the KwaZulu-Natal manufacturing sector;

11.30-12.30 Fighting the supply chain skills crisis;

12.30-13.30 Embracing Industry 4.0: Reshaping and redefining industrial manufacturing;

13.30-14.30 Waste reduction versus waste disposal: Enhancing manufacturing and reducing the carbon footprint;

14.30-15.30 Growing your business: Asset finance and risk mitigation.

Day 2, July 25

09.30-10.30 Next-generation technologies shaping the South African manufacturing sector;

10.30-11.30 The path to technology commercialisation — bridging the innovation gap;

11.30-12.30 The five-year plan: opportunities and challenges facing South Africa’s manufacturing industry – a government perspective;

12.30-13.30 The South African manufacturing landscape, 2019 – 2021;

13.30-14.30 Reducing unemployment through training – learnerships, apprenticeships and other vocational skills development;

14.30-15.30 Achieving operational excellence in manufacturing using 4IR concepts.

Day 3, July 26

09.30-10.30 Funding 101for small and medium enterprises: Accessing Department of Trade and Industry grants and finance;

10.30-11.30 Key industrial automation trends for 2019 and beyond;

11.30-12.30 Skills for success in engineering;

12.30-13.30 Industrial development think tank: Key insights on structural transformation and industry 4.0 opportunities;

13.30-14.30 Enhancing manufacturing capability: What, why and how?

14.30-15.30 The value of safety – risk mitigation for informed decision-making.

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