Chemicals Imbizo 201628 July 2016
The 2016 Chemicals Imbizo was held on 28 July at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. It was delivered as part of the Durban Chemicals Cluster’s activities under the Investment and Growth programme. This programme aims to facilitate investments in both capital equipment and innovation to enhance the competitiveness within the local chemicals manufacturing sector.
This event aimed to “Drive Investment and growth in the Chemicals Industry” by supporting the DCC’s objective which is to Increase the sales and value addition (MVA) of the local manufacturing sector by 53% in real terms between 2011 and 2020.
The success of the previous inaugural Imbizo gave rise to a directive by industry to replicate and expand this event. 2015’s Imbizo was incredibly well received, with the 2016 event being enhanced through the support of the eThekwini Municipality, Trade & Investment KZN, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Chemicals Industry Education and Training Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry. The 2016 Imbizo saw a significant increase in both the quantity and quality of outputs as compared to the previous year and hosted:
- 233 delegates (55% increase from previous year)
- 25 exhibitors (67% increase from previous year)
- 60 Buyer-Supplier meetings (200% increase from previous year)
Over 200 key decision makers in the chemicals industry, including stakeholders from the different government funding agencies, attended the event. These delegates actively took part in the three key platforms namely; The Conference, The Exhibition and The Buyer and Supplier Meetings; designed for chemicals buyers and local suppliers with the intent to connect regarding common supply and demand opportunities with an overall objective of growing the local chemicals manufacturing sector.