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From the editor’s desk: Good to Back – October 2022 – Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control)

From the editor’s desk: It’s good to be back

October 2022
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Brett van den Bosch, Editor

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you were at this year’s Electra Mining Africa show last month, and boy, was it a sight that hurt the eyes. Being the first major event of its kind that I have attended in person since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, I only realized how much I missed it while I was there.

Judging by first-hand accounts and personal impressions, there was a festive atmosphere from start to finish, and the praise must go to the organiser, the niche fairs, for setting it on a spectacle befitting the biggest event of its kind on the continent.

However, the stars of the show were the models, who really shared their booth. Unsurprisingly, the most eye-catching stands were those of big companies with significant marketing spend, which were able to pack a lot of their latest and greatest offerings while still providing enough room for visitors to breathe, and even sit down and have a cup of coffee and some snacks over a conversation with The company’s representative.

Credit must also go to the smaller exhibitors, who are on more modest budgets, who have nonetheless been able to get the best value for their money and have ensured there are knowledgeable service staff who are happy to talk not only about their own products, but in general going on in their respective fields. Generally, exhibitors make every effort to take advantage of the opportunity every two years to connect with other people in the industry and showcase their wares.

Even the greatest show on Earth would be futile if there was no one to see it, and they came in droves—more than 30,000 pairs of feet through the gates across the five days of the show, which celebrated its 50th edition this year. In fact, it was such a success that half of the 650 exhibitors have already booked their stands for Batch 2024, which will once again take place at the Johannesburg Expo Center (NASREC) in early September.

Every now and then, rest assured that there will be plenty of opportunities to get out of the office and spend some quality time enjoying the very lost atmosphere of old fashioned personal exhibitions. The next big event on the horizon for the industrial manufacturing sector is the Africa Automation Technology Fair (AATF) from May 9-11, 2023, along with the joint launch event, the Future Manufacturing Africa (FMA) trade fair and the 2023 Summit.

Technews Publishing is proud to be the official media partner of RX Africa (formerly Reed Exhibitions) for the AATF, and we look forward to seeing you at the Johannesburg Exhibition Center (NASREC) to learn about what and who are in the automation of the South African landscape.



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