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Centre for Advanced Manufacturing

Vaal University of

Welcome to the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the North-West University in Potchefstroom offers a professional and efficient advanced manufacturing support service to develop South African enterprises’ competitiveness both locally and internationally. This service includes:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Processing for the food industry
  • Specialised machine and equipment development
  • Specialised tool- and die-making service
  • Product and process development
  • Filled polymers compounding and profiling
  • Injection moulding

We provide a comprehensive enterprise development service to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, from conceptualisation, product development and testing, establishing manufacturing plants to developing business designs. Our expert staff members are also pleased to assist industry with training, maintenance and advice on manufacturing best practice.

Our work is underpinned by advanced manufacturing research innovatively applied and implemented in industry.

The Centre works closely with The Department of Trade and Industry (The dti), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) to identify suitable locations and stakeholders for manufacturing plants. We aim to involve business partners that will enter co-operatives with communities and local stakeholders. Industry partners, such as CFAM Technologies, Sasol ChemCity and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), provide their specialist input in projects.

Expertise centres available to the CoE

  • Centre of Advanced Manufacturing
  • AMTS FabLab
  • Rapid Prototyping Centre.

Upcoming Courses

For more workshops and seminars, please visit ExtruAfrica


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