All Africa Expo ISTMA 2023 > 18 – 22 September 2023 > Cape Town Convention Centre – South Africa


ISTMA 16th World Conference

The International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA), the world’s largest representative body for global tooling manufacturing, has announced that its next triennial World Conference and General Assembly will be hosted by South Africa in 2023. This is great news for the African tooling industry as ISTMA is the hub of expertise and a key cooperation and knowledge sharing platform for the worldwide Mould, Die, Special Tooling and Precision Machining Industry. The event will create invaluable exposure and networking opportunities for the local industry.

Representatives from global tooling houses and associated industries, industry leaders and business people from 22 countries and 23 ISTMA member associations (made up of more than 8000 companies) will attend the International Association’s 16th World Conference, General Assembly and constituent meetings of regional groupings – ISTMA Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia in Cape Town from 18 to 22 September 2023. The conference themes for the ISTMA 16th World Conference will be sustainable development, technical advances in tooling manufacturing and skills development.

All Africa Expo​

The ISTMA 16th World Conference will coincide with the All Africa Expo and the event will collectively be branded as All Africa Expo ISTMA 2023. The All Africa Expo will give African countries a platform to showcase their tooling manufacturing abilities and investment potential and will offer continental tooling producers exposure to the world’s foremost tooling technology, tooling houses and influential role-players. The All Africa EXPO will be the first platform to boast Africa’s spirit of invention and pockets of manufacturing excellence and will offer unprecedented global networking opportunities to the continent. The All Africa Expo will also offer suppliers an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to African and global tooling markets in a cost-effective way by participating as sponsors and/or exhibitors.

All Africa Expo ISTMA 2023 offers:

  • High-end technical sessions to keep attendees up to date with the latest production trends and tooling technology as well as other relevant topics such as international and regional trade, government regulations and international trading conditions.
  • Regional meetings to network with a wide variety of tooling industry experts and other relevant role-players from around the world.
  • A comprehensive industry expo featuring country pavilions, African manufacturing companies, African tooling systems manufacturers of moulds, dies, assembly systems and measuring equipment, importers of tooling, moulds and dies and machine tool manufacturers.
  • An African Investment Indaba Conference to expose potential investors to African investment opportunities and to solicit support and investment for the growth of manufacturing on the continent.
  • Plant tours to showcase tooling activities in the Western Cape.

In addition a selection of tours for accompanying partners as well as pre and post conference tours are offered to enable delegates and visitors to further enhance networking opportunities and to explore and experience this beautiful part of the world.

Who should attend?

  • Machine tooling business owners and senior management
  • Technical training institutions
  • Industrial design engineers
  • Production managers
  • Procurement managers
  • R & D personnel
  • Government trade and development agencies
  • Plant and equipment suppliers
  • Finance and investment companies

More information

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