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Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award winners announced

Nov 8, 2018
Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award winners announced

Several organisations leading South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution were recognized at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards at the Tramways in Port Elizabeth last night (November 7).

Awards were made to 25 organisations in six categories, according to the organisers, as a means to identify, promote and reward innovation in the advanced manufacturing and composites industry, including 3D printing, robotics and automation.

Have a look at some of the impessive displays at the African Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Composites Show taking place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium:

Prof Gerrie Booysen of the Central University of Free State received the Gold Award for Scholarly Impact in Advanced Manufacturing for the work done by the centre for rapid prototyping and manufacturing (CRPM) around patient-specific titanium printed facial implants.

Working with state hospitals and doctors, the high tech work of the University has transformed the lives of hundreds of patients with muscular-skeletal irregularities.

Vaal University of Technology, earned a Gold Award for Industry Advancement in Advanced Manufacturing through the VUT Science and Technology Park.

The Park is an ambitious Additive Manufacturing project with cross-sectoral industries, working within communities via the collaborative program for additive manufacturing (CPAM).

Small and big industry has access to technology, including Laser Sintering (LS), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and polymer powder-based binder jetting, as well as fibre-reinforced polymer based additive manufacturing, at the Park.

A Silver Award for Industry Advancement was earned by Lonmin Plc/Western Platinum Refinery for Development of 3D printable pure platinum powder. SA is the first country to produce99.9% pure platinum.

Other top award winners were Jonker Sailplanes in the Export proficiency in Advanced Manufacturing category and Aerosud Aviation in the Import Replacement Category for producing Insulation blankets for cargo linings for the Airbus A400 which were previously imported from Canada.

The DTI Composites Floating Trophy for Displaying Innovation was awarded to Gelvenor for producing a solution to theft-prone truck tarpaulins using high tenacity steel threads sewn into PVC coated fabric, which is believed to be a global first.

The Most promising “start- up or newcomer” award went to Innovative Dental Solutions for prototyping an impact detection, smart mouthguard.

Full list of Award Winners:

Category A: Scholarly Impact




Prof Gerrie Booysen of the Central University of Free State

Robert Bosch, Rubber Nano Products

Malika Khodja, WITS




Willie Du Preez, Central University of Free State



Sean Poole, Nelson Mandela University





Category B - Industry Advancement in Advanced Manufacturing




Vaal University of Technology

Adient Pasdec






Lonmin Plc/Western Platinum Refinery






Category C - Export proficiency in Advanced Manufacturing




Jonker Sailplanes







Category D - Award that acknowledges import replacement.




Aerosud Aviation







Category E - DTI Composites Floating Trophy for Displaying Innovation




Gelvenor Textiles

AAT Composites

Custom Works






Jonker Sailplanes





Category F - Most promising “start- up or newcomer” awards




Gold Innovative Dental Solutions


Qpark SA



Celeste Daylight



Babensus Composites Engineering





A. Scholarly impact in advanced manufacturing,

¾    Entrants to demonstrate contribution to R&D in AM.

¾    Proof of published articles and literature and the impact of this knowledge in industry.

¾    Demonstration of contribution pertaining to new and fresh thinking, models and paradigms.

B. Industry advancement in advanced manufacturing,

¾    Entrants to demonstrate how they have supported the development and growth of Advanced Manufacturing in South Africa at an industry level (not individual company level, unless that intervention has had an industry-wide impact). This can but is not limited to the development of black-owned suppliers.

¾    Estimation of calculation of impact.

C. Export proficiency in AM

¾    Entrants including seasoned and new exporters to demonstrate the extent of AM related products and services that are exported.

¾    Export Destinations, Export % growth.

¾    Demonstrate the keys to their success behind tapping into export markets, the obstacles they have overcome, quality standards attained, Cost, Quality and Delivery considerations and client feedback (where available).

D. Award that acknowledges import replacement.

¾    Entrants demonstrate the extent to which they have been successful in localising a product or process which previously had been imported.

¾    Describe the localisation effort, obstacles moved and steps taken.

¾    Indicate an estimation of the impact of this localisation eg jobs created/sustained, contribution to GDP and black owned supplier development (if applicable).


E. Composites floating trophy for displaying innovation

¾    Entrants demonstrate how they have solved a problem using an innovative solution where the solution can pertain to technology, material used, process, tooling, computing or the application of existing products and services used in an innovative way to solve a specific industry challenge.

¾    Describe the problem and how it was solved in an innovative way. How innovation was required to overcome an obstacle/s.

¾    This applies to Additive, Subtractive and all manufacturing segments.


F. Most promising “start- up or newcomer” awards.

¾    Entrant is an SMME that has been operating for less than 36 months.

¾    Entrant describes a business model/product or service that has gained traction in the market or is expected to still find traction.

¾    Entrant must show measured progress which may include components such as R&D, testing, certification, commercialisation, partnerships and industry recognition or show a business model which describes the intended objectives and outcomes.

¾    Entrant to discuss opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of their own organisation in the context of the Advanced Manufacturing sector.