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Germany Invests in SA Tool and Die Industry

Germany’s tool and mould makers are looking strong, with growing potential identified in the SA tool and die industry. VDWF President Prof. Thomas Seul emphasises that German mould and toolmakers are not competing with local companies in South Africa, but co-operating.

Earlier this year, Prof. Seul paid a visit to South Africa at the Tshwane University of Technology for the purpose of surveying developments in the tool and mould making sector following the VDWF Study Tour of South Africa back in 2012.

While he was here, Prof. Seul had the opportunity to observe innovative new products developed here in South Africa to address the specific needs of the local people. One such innovation was a paraffin stove that is designed to prevent fire accidents as a result of petroleum discharge – a very serious a prevalent problem in the townships of South Africa’s regions. A valve installed in the bottom of the paraffin stove interrupts the fuel supply as soon as the cooker is pushed over and the flame dies.

It is projects like these and the partnerships that have evolved between TASA and German investors that have laid the foundation for the creation of local companies as well as youth training initiatives to teach skills to the next generation of toolmakers.