Through globalisation, the world is becoming increasingly more interconnected, not only through technologies, but also in economical and logistical terms. To hold their own in global competition, African companies must make their production processes economical and affordable to be able to manufacture high-quality products in the short timescales demanded by the modern consumer.
Des Burrows, head of service delivery Siemens Industry Sector, explains that this year’s themes of productivity and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand in ensuring a significant competitive advantage. “Siemens’ Totally Integrated Automation portfolio is helping customers not only to enhance productivity demands, but also to address resource scarcity and environmental protection. Trend-setting integrated solutions allow cost sources to be more easily identified and energy flows made more transparent. In turn, this helps to reduce energy and operating costs with resulting benefits to companies, customers and the environment.”
The forums, which will take place from 17 October to 7 November in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, attract an average of 500 to 700 attendees in total.
* 17-18 October, Misty Hills Country Hotel, Muldersdrift
* 24 October, Coastlands Umhlanga, Durban
* 1 November, Radisson Blu, Port Elizabeth
* 7 November, Spier Hotel, Cape Town
Delegates attending the User Forum in Johannesburg will also be privy to futuristic inventions as presented by students from the top tertiary institutions around the country. Here, finalists in the annual Cyber Junkyard competition put their purpose-built engineering projects to the test in front of the panel of judges. A new addition this year is the inclusion of the Junior Cyber Junkyard competition which is aimed at technical high school learners. As with Cyber Junkyard, the junior competition finalists will also show-off their science and technology projects at the TIA User Forum gala dinner.
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