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Davies to Launch New Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will officially launch the newly-expanded Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative (IFPTI) Programme which was developed in line with the digital economy and the principles of the 4th industrial Revolution (4IR) in Parow, Cape Town on Thursday, 14 June 2018.

Davies outlines that the IFPTI launch follows on the heels of the successful Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative Programme which was first established in 2010 as a pilot project developed to govern partnerships between government and the Tool, Die and Mould industry.

“The IFPTI Programme will serve as one of the levers which government will implement to lessen the disruptive impact of the Digital Industrial Revolution. This industry-government partnership programme under the custodianship of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will focus on key elements within the manufacturing sector to ensure South Africa’s readiness to compete in global markets with South African made manufacturing goods,” says Davies.

He adds that the integrated end-to-end industry system solution provides a platform for  Industry to participate in enterprise competitiveness and technical skills training programmes. The Production Technologies Centre of Excellence, in Parow, Western Cape, the third of its kind in South Africa, is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for training the future workforce.

The IFPTI Programme objectives will enable the execution of projects on a regional and national basis consisting of:

  • Technical Skills Development Programme (TSDP) – to drive talent-driven innovation for advanced manufacturing supply chain needs; and
  • Enterprise Competitiveness Development Programme (ECD) – to facilitate access to competitive supplier networks.

The Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative represents a flagship project in support of the department’s Digital Industrial Strategy which aims to improve its institutional framework to effectively respond to change, offer a stable policy environment and direct innovation.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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