The 2019 African Smart Manufacturing Week will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, but participating countries across the African continent annually bid as hosting cities for the smart manufacturing showpiece.

African Smart Manufacturing Week is an interactive, highly collaborative event geared towards connecting smart manufacturing solution providers with Africa’s manufacturers. Through a blend of a high level strategic summit, advanced technology exhibition and a skills focused educational track it is the pinnacle of manufacturing events.

Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing

Automation & Robotics

Advanced Materials

Precision Machining

Precision Measurement

Additive Manufacturing

3D Scanning

Digital Manufacturing

Industrial IoT

Big Data

All in all over 25 countries, from 4 continents participate at the 2019 African Smart Manufacturing Week.


Why Smart Manufacturing

Demand for connected systems and more efficient processes is driving growth around 130% between 2016 and 2025, making it a $400bn market.

Currently the market size is $172bn dollars. Key driving factors include increased demand for connected supply chains and availability of technologies like 3D printing to SMBs. Through the growth period, the automotive industry is expected to use the most smart technology, followed by the aerospace and oil industries.

In addition, the need for upgrades and modernization of legacy control systems has become necessary to compete at international standards, which has also boosted efforts for digitization and IT & OT convergence. Hence, digital plants and advanced manufacturing technologies are set to transform factories, production centres, companies, and entire value chains, thereby driving the fourth industrial revolution.


An important aspect of the manufacturing industry is the growing interest and investments in smart infrastructure from batch, continuous, and discrete manufacturers. Though their area of interest and immediate attention may differ for the next couple of years, from technological point of view, they revolve around networked sensors, data interoperability, intelligent automation, and dynamic modelling and simulation.

While cost reduction and manufacturing intelligence are the primary targets of industry players, product quality, sustainability, and compliance are gaining prominence in the industry. The return on investments in smart manufacturing is one of the key promoters of the market with numerous manufacturers having reported quantifiable benefits including energy efficiency, reduction in safety incidents, reduction in cycle times, and lower maintenance costs.

Event Structure

African Smart Manufacturing Week is a trade show supported by a high level summit and multi-stream educational agenda on the exhibition floor. The event is geared towards participation by 20 African countries as well as smart manufacturing thought leaders from Europe, Asia and the United States.

The high level summit focuses on the contextual relevance of smart manufacturing on the African continent. Some of the topics include; why investment in smart manufacturing is critical, how industry leaders and governments need to prepare for a manufacturing renaissance and how smart manufacturing can drive economic inclusion and employment across Africa.

The educational content streams, split across master classes, workshops and knowledge bar sessions deliver both broad strategic education on smart manufacturing as well as focused technical demonstrations on smart manufacturing capabilities and outcomes.

The trade show floor is a networking and technology showcase. The ability for both manufacturers and suppliers from across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas to learn from each other, build relationships and generate business and investment on the floor.