The SYMOP has chosen South Africa to present its last round of technical conferences devoted to the paper industry

The SYMOP, French Association for Manufacturing Technologies, organizes yearly technical symposiums in various countries through its paper group, in order to promote the French know-how and expertise. South Africa hosted the 2016 edition of the SYMOP series of symposiums.

The event took place in Durban and Johannesburg under the patronage of the French embassy and its business department, Business France, and was proudly supported by The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of South Africa (TAPPSA), the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and the South-African Department of Trade and Industry.

The first seminar took place on Tuesday 7th June 2016 in Durban at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, while the second seminar took place on Thursday 9th June 2016 at Kempton Park’s Emperor’s Palace.

The symposium’s thematic focus was on innovation and new technologies in the paper industry.

The French list of presenting companies was as follows:
-  ACOEM – One Prod (smart monitoring, diagnosis & solutions)
-  ALLIMAND (Paper machine manufacturer)
-  ATIP (the French Technical Association for Paper)
-  CMI PROSERPOL / NEYRTEC (waste water treatment and sludge dewatering system)
-  CTP (Technical Centre for Paper)
-  DELTA NEU (dust control, ventilation, pneumatic waste handling systems)
-  HANNECARD / HM ROLLERS (roll coverings)
-  IBC PAPER TRAINING (live e-learning, blended learning and on-site training)
-  KADANT LAMORT (stock preparation specialist)
-  PAGORA (the French Engineering School of Paper)
-  TECHPAP (online and laboratory equipment)
-  and BPIFRANCE (the French public investment bank) discussing imports financing

Ambassador of France to South Africa, Elisabeth Barbier, attended the event in Johannesburg on Thursday 9th June 2016.

Read the Ambassador’s speech here:
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(PDF - 145.7 kb)

Local members of the pulp and paper industry were invited to take part in the event and to interact with the French participants during the seminars (B2B meetings will also be organized).

The SYMOP, as a member of the “Alliance for the Industry of the future”, brings together French professional organisations from various industries (machinery, robotics and digital technologies) along with academic and technological partners, all rallying around a common ambition: to widen their global reach and to develop sustainable partnerships with local industries.

publie le 21/06/2016

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