The Industrial Showcase-Cape, the region’s premier industrial trade exhibition, has been pushed forward to 21-23 August 2018 and will be taking place in the brand new CTICC East.

‘We are delighted to be one of the first to host our event in this new building,’ says organiser Johnny Malherbe. ‘We are looking to grow the offering of the Showcase from its strong broad industrial base to include logistics, efficiencies and business development opportunities, and the CTICC East will be a perfect place for this expansion.’

‘A clogged exhibition calendar combined with general economic frailty has guided us to move the Showcase forward to a more advantageous time for exhibitors and visitors. The middle of June is before school holidays and has historically been a period when visitor numbers have been at their highest in previous shows.’

‘It’s a big decision to move the dates of an event, but we have looked at all the factors and firmly believe that the 2018 Showcase will be worth the wait. We are bringing a number of new and important elements into the mix that will be of huge benefit to exhibitors and visitors alike. The addition of a strong conference component will broaden the appeal and provide sustainability for the years ahead. We are urging exhibitors to roll their bookings forward to 2018 – and we’ll keep their costs static, that means no increase in fees for those who committed and paid for this year’s event. In addition we are happy to pay interest to those who have already paid in the interim,’ adds Malherbe.

The 2018 Showcase will include a dedicated conference component focused on efficiencies: utilities – water, electricity, transport and waste management – are all under scrutiny and the Showcase will be interrogating these disciplines in the face of the fourth industrial revolution. Technology has advanced creating opportunities in almost every sphere of life and business, these are commonly collated under the term The Internet of Everything and the Showcase plans to explore this in detail. Overlaying the conference will be the concept of lean management – the approach of running an organisation where every action supports continuous improvement.

Supply chain management is another conference/exhibition focus area. When you consider that the public sector purchased R500 billion in goods and services in 2013/14, it makes sense for small and medium business to target this as an income source. But it is often easier said than done. The Western Cape Government’s attempts at red-tape reduction have made great progress but there are still many hoops to jump through for SMMEs. The Showcase will demystify this aspect of business with the benefits for those attending.

The Industrial Showcase-Cape is rescheduled for 21-23 August 2018. For more information or to book your space now contact Johnny Malherbe by email or phone 021 685 0848.