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Diary AFRICA ENERGY INDABA THE Africa Energy Indaba conference and exhibition will be taking place from 19–20 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. Delegates, drawn from all continents, represent an unrivalled combination of industry experts, project developers, financiers, energy users, government officials and manufacturers. The conference also provides the exciting side events listed below: • Africa Gas Forum • IPP & PPA Conference • Women in Energy Conference • SANEA Energy dialogue The Africa Energy Indaba Exhibition is highly relevant to companies actively involved in all areas relating to showcasing solutions for the benefit of Africa. This extends to services for major energy projects on the continent, rural energy solutions, urbanisation and energy needs and the renewable & sustainable energy industry and the management of it.

Africa Rubber Industry Forum 2018 Inaugural event well attended

THE first edition of Africa Rubber Industry Forum 2018 from 20-21 November 2018, focused on the latest developments in rubber, latex and tyre technologies. Forum focus areas included everything from new rubber raw material and additives, curing and vulcanization of rubber, mixing and compounding, rubber reinforcement, nano composites and extrusion and calendaring, to rubber mould design and moulding of rubber,

rubber bonding, rubber testing and rheology, tyre technology, recycling of rubber and tyres, latex dipped products technology and industry regulations. The Edu-Conference programme was well attended and covered topics such as the ‘Impact of Filler Dispersion on Compound Quality’, ‘Rubber Vulcanization Chemistry – Mechanism and Property Control’, ‘Best Practices for Rubber Chemists’ and much more.

Safrique team – Grace Wilu, Selvie Moodley, Pauline Muvirimi and Logan Govender at the Safrique stand


INDUSTRY CONFERENCE BRINGS KEY BREATHABLE FILMS STAKEHOLDERS TO BERLIN RESPONDING to the growing markets of breathable films across multiple end-use applications, leading experts and professionals from across Europe and beyond will gather in Berlin for a key Breathable Films conference from 27-28 February. In addition to unique networking opportunities, the Breathable Films conference provides expert analysis and debate from the entire supply chain to evaluate the trends, challenges and opportunities facing the breathable films industry across the world. Following the success of the launch event in 2018, the conference again covers developments and innovations in raw material characteristics, machinery, testing techniques, film formulation, extrusion & processing technologies as well market trends continuing to facilitate cost reduction without compromising film performance and safety criteria.

WHAT LIES IN THE FUTURE FOR PLASTICS REGULATIONS? AMI has launched its 3rd Plastics Regulations Conference, from 6-7 March at the Hilton Hotel Dusseldorf featuring leading compliance commentators including Steptoe & Johnson, Burges Salmon and Mayer Brown who will give their perspectives on the latest updates within European regulatory framework. The legislative landscape for the plastics industry is ever changing and 2019 looks to be no different. With the increasing interest in issues such as single use plastics, the continued implementation of REACH and increasing uncertainties surrounding Brexit, Plastics Regulations 2019 offers an excellent opportunity for professionals across the supply chain to meet with global regulatory experts and gain impartial information on the latest European regulatory updates and make sure organisations are compliant with current and future legislation. 82

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Rethinking the future of packaging New themes every day and free-to-attend seminars! AFRICA’S ultimate packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling exhibition, Propak Africa 2019, takes place from 12-15 March at the Expo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg. The industry has come to count on Propak Africa for its showcase of the latest innovations and technologies, sustainable packaging initiatives, leading products, services and solutions, and the most cutting-edge machinery and equipment. Not forgetting the advice from technical experts and the knowledge gained from attending colocated conferences. You can look forward to everything you’ve come to expect at Propak Africa and a whole lot more – including new themes every day and free-to-attend seminars! The four themes which will run over

the four days include: New Products, Sustainability, Skills Development, ‘Local is Lekker’ South African Day. These are just a few of the daily freeto-attend topics you can enjoy: • Packaging For The Future • Packaging 4.0 • Top Consumer Trends • Africa Insights • SA Packaging Market Overview Co-located conferences Taking the opportunity while the industry is together at one venue, various associations and organisations have planned conferences which visitors can register for: The Institute of Packaging SA’s (IPSA) Think Tank, 12-13 March , Black Eagle Conference Room, email:, tel: 011 804 1614,

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