The Tooling Association of South Africa (TASA) held their first Eastern Gauteng Region event on 14 March 2013, where members and potential members from this region gathered to discuss the progress that TASA has made in the development of key initiatives and the impact that these will have in bringing about positive change to the Tool, Die and Mouldmaking industry of South Africa.
Johannesburg, GP March 22, 2013 – For many years, the South African Tool, Die and Mouldmaking (TDM) Industry struggled to defend its market share with increased competition from low cost imports. TASA was established in 2004 to intervene and revitalise the industry to create a local TDM industry that is internationally accepted. Now, nearly 9 years later, TASA has made great strides to bring about positive change through the development of skilled artisans and in-company support mechanisms for companies in the TDM industry.
At the event, Henk Snyman, Secretary of TASA, spoke about the various initiatives that TASA has put in place to advance the industry, including the Skills Development Programme which has so far seen R110 million invested into the training of more than 500 tool-making artisans countrywide of who 213 will be qualified in Gauteng by 2014. One of the main barriers hindering the TDM industry at the moment is the lack of skills to fill vacant positions within tool-making companies. TASA focusses on bridging this gap by providing training and offering access to apprentices for on-the-job training.
Another area that TASA focusses on is Enterprise Development – enabling South African tool-making companies themselves to become more competitive by giving them better access to the market. Snyman presented attendees with TASA’s standardised Contract for Toolmakers, Benchmarking Principles, and Consulting and Enterprise Management Toolkits which together, aim to structure the way that companies and their processes are laid out to promote co-operation between tool rooms and to make it easier for customers to do business with South African companies.
By developing these initiatives and through regular regional events such as this, TASA strives to bring together the capabilities and knowledge to give toolmakers and tool-making companies the tools to strengthen the trade in their region, thus contributing to a better, more globally competitive market share for economic growth. According to Snyman, ”I can now take you to South African tool makers who have deployed the TASA toolkit and can take you from prototype to production in four weeks “ ABOUT:
The Tooling Association of South Africa (TASA) was established in 2004 as a representative body for the South African Tool, Die and Mould (TDM) making industry. TASA is constituted as a national body with representation in all provinces that have significant tool, die and mould making activities. Representation is through the TASA provincial structures.
Contact: Henk Snyman
012 643 1285