Executive director, Robert Cattle (left) and president, Louis Jahn, recently travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to attend ISTMA’s World Tooling Conference from Nov. 6 to 9.

Executive director, Robert Cattle (left) and president, Louis Jahn, recently travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to attend ISTMA’s World Tooling Conference from Nov. 6 to 9. CTMA photo

The CTMA’s executive director, Robert Cattle, and president, Louis Jahn, recently travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to attend ISTMA’s World Tooling Conference, which took place from Nov. 6 to 9, 2023.

The first two days of the conference featured presentations on Advanced Machining Techniques, Innovation and Future Viability, Smart Training Solutions, The Impact of AI, Successful Tool and Mould Clusters and Benchmarking to shape a sustainable future, and more. Experts in these topics were from many different countries. ISTMA President, Bob Williamson, opened the conference and welcomed all the delegates to South Africia.

“There were many takeaways from these presentations, such as how machine tool builders are starting to manufacture their machines more efficiently,” said Cattle.

There were 115 delegates in attendance from 16 countries, including Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The CTMA took this opportunity to share information about the Association’s successful Career-Ready with delegates from around the world.

“Our initiative to install high-tech CNC equipment in high schools has received tremendous accolades from other countries who are now looking into trying to emulate it,” said Cattle. “Sharing best practices with other tooling associations around the world is just one of the many benefits of being ISTMA members and attending events like these.”

The third day of the event concluded with a roundtable discussion to discuss business conditions from each country. At this general assembly, it was agreed to extend Bob Williamson’s term as ISTMA president, as well as Manuel Oliveira as the ISTMA Secretariat General.

Members from around the world gathered to discuss business conditions and industry updates.

Members from around the world gathered to discuss business conditions and industry updates. CTMA photo

“I believe that it is important to start and maintain relationships with other industry associations worldwide, for this is really an opportunity to learn and network with others,” said Cattle. “The hospitality of our South African hosts was amazing, and I must congratulate them on all the hard work and efforts from their team that made the conference run so smoothly.”

The final day consisted of plant tours of the Production Technologies Association of South Africa (PtSA) and AAT Composites, a division of Recaro Seats.

“All in all, a very interesting experience and I am very glad that our CTMA president, Louis, was able to join me on this trip,” said Cattle.