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Africa: Informa show to focus on smart manufacturing

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Cairo will hold Africa Food Manufacturing or AFM from April 22-24, 2017 to bring innovation to the food manufacturing sector under the theme Smart Manufacturing.

Show organizer informa says Africa’s increased demand on the food and beverage industry, fueled by its growing population, calls for a focus on smart processes in manufacturing to improve and optimize production whilst reducing waste and downtime.

The show will also get industry players discussing ways to tap in to the global smart factory market, which was valued at nearly US$52 billion in 2014 and is expected to expand at over 13% annually in the next 10 years according to Future Market Insights.

Emerging markets, especially in the Middle East and Africa, are pegged as “up and coming” territories for smart factory investment with the MEA region anticipated to see the fastest growth expansion in the coming years.

There will also be a special focus on the Tripartite Free Trade Area, which was signed last year in Egypt and gathered 26 African nations with a population of 600 million people.

Participating countries at the show include Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo amongst other influential countries, said Simon Cole, MD for Informa Exhibitions – Egypt.

A number of innovative value added benefits have been created for all exhibitors to ease the existing reluctances that foreign companies have when considering to enter the African market.

They include up-to-date sector research reports and insight on how to do business in Africa’s key markets, as well as on the ground personal customer relations and onsite translation services.