Cape Industries Showcase 2016 (CIS) got off to a flying start today/yesterday (Sept 6) with a record number of first day visitors.
 
“This exhibition is perfect for Cape Town because it reflects the successful industries of city from its oil and gas exploration ties right through to its maritime and transport sectors,” said Anthony Joseph from Nigeria. 
 
“I’ve been impressed by the quality of exhibitors and the knowledge and commitment they have brought to South Africa,” said Joseph, who has been involved in shipping support in western Africa for more than 20 years.
 
The three-day expo brings together national and international exhibitors representing more than 70 businesses in Cape Town - one of the most important locations in Africa for transport, oil and maritime.
 
“We’re at CIS exploring and testing the oil & gas industry and getting an understanding of the industry is currently at in Sub Saharan Africa,” said Karsten Knorr, Product Manager with exhibitor Bruker. It specialises in x-ray equipment used in the chemical analysis of mineral.
 
“The show has given us the opportunity to discover how we may fit into the industry with other global oil & gas markets. Being flat, sub-Saharan Africa is now an interesting place to explore.”
 
Exhibitor Mammoet is recognised internationally as the expert in heavy lifting and transportation. It has moved whole buildings in the Middle East and was selected by the Russian government to raise a lost submarine from the seabed.
 
“We are at CIS because the Cape is a priority region in our expansion strategy,” said Ryan Alexander, Mammoet’s Marketing Manager. 
 
“Having dealt with some of the biggest heavy lifting projects in Africa, Mammoet is well placed to be the heavy lifting partner of choice.”
 
Across the hall at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, the WeiHai YinQiu Fishing Tackle Co was having a strong opening day, one of dozens of Chinese exhibitors looking to Africa’s maritime sector looking to build on its 30 international markets.
 
It supplies the full range of equipment for seafarers including floats, fishing nets, knotless nets with products being distributed to over 30 countries worldwide.
 
Xiamen Rich Fishing & Sports Co, Ltd was there too, confirming CIS 2016 is a key location to meet buyers for its nets, which supply not only the commercial fishing and fish farming sectors but also for agriculture, safety and sports industries.
 
A spokesman for the Taizhou Winstrong Special Net Co explained the importance of CIS 2016: “We are here to explore new opportunities across the sub-Saharan Africa region. We look forward to creating partnerships and growing presence in this region.”
 
“We’ve been pleased with the attendance for the first day and many exhibitors were signing business within a couple of hours of opening,” said Brad Hook, Commercial Director of the organiser dmg-ems Africa. 
 
CIS 2016 oversees three key areas: Oil & Gas Africa 2016, the sole engineering supply chain expo serving the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Maritime & Offshore Marine Africa is focused on shipping and maritime commerce, safety and security, offshore exploration, shipping and fishing while Cape Logistics brings together transport and refrigeration businesses.
 
Visiting the exhibition is free for commercial visitors who are being advised to register in advance at the show website. 
 
For more information about the OGP Summit 2016 and CIS2016 in Cape Town go to www.africaogp.com