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a motor for innovation A total of 3 000 international exhibitors are expected to attend K 2019 and show their latest developments from the areas of machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industry, raw materials and auxiliaries as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics products. More than 200 000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend the exhibition in Düsseldorf.

issues and provide solutions for discussion. The Science Campus K 2019 open platform encourages an active discourse between research and the industry. It also provides exhibitors and visitors with an opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of recent scientific activities and results that affect the plastics and rubber industry and offers room for the exchange of information between universities and companies. K 2019 will also address the question of how to recruit new, young professionals for the industry, science and training. The key issues will be prepared by the participating universities, institutes, associations and funding agencies and induced and explored in presentations with the help of select exhibits.

South African manufacturing sector set to grow mega-development in Rosslyn near Pretoria. Fuchs Lubricants South Africa also recently opened its R125-million grease plant expansion in Isando and Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmasholding (TMH) launched a R500-million investment in a South African manufacturing facility through its subsidiary TMH Africa. Not only does the manufacturing industry in the country provide income and job opportunities to those people directly employed in the sector, but it also has high economic multipliers in its linkages to upstream production sectors

(mining and agriculture) and downstream sectors, including services. Recognising the importance of promoting local manufacturing to other countries, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, in association with the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), is launching the Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME) in Johannesburg between 21-23 May 2019.

IF RECENT investments in the manufacturing industry are indicative of the trend going forwards, then the future is looking bright for this often beleaguered market sector. In addition, the South African government recently announced that it was embarking on an offensive to attract $100-billion (approximately R1.3-trillion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) over the next five years to bolster the local economy. Several notable manufacturing plant projects have created a sense of hope for the country, including the R50-million Automotive Industry Centre (AIDC)

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