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Future of Manufacturing Executive Short Course

April 17 @ 8:30 am - April 19 @ 4:30 pm


Course Overview

The Future of Manufacturing course considers how manufacturing is presently being disrupted by emerging technologies; how the future of manufacturing could potentially be shaped by these technologies; and the likely implications of these changes for both the South African and the broader African manufacturing sector. The course is exploratory in design and applies a range of strategic tools to interrogate and engage with disruptive markets and social and technological forces that are re-framing the future of manufacturing globally.

In the first part of the course, we introduce course participants to a set of innovation tools and then explore the rapid rise of the range of “Industry 4.0” disruptors that are presently challenging manufacturing business models. These include the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial IoT, the use of “big data”, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), additive manufacturing (3D printing), the use of new Nano-technology-based materials and the rapidly emerging meta-verse, which is being driven by virtual reality advancements. We consider the consequences of these technology disruptions for markets and the value chains that supply them and explore how the range of technology disruptions are likely to frame how manufacturing is organized. Will manufacturing remain organized in the same way, or are new platform-based business models likely to emerge? Is the South African and broader African manufacturing sector closeted from these technology developments, or will changes occur in the same manner as being observed in developed economy markets?

The second part of the course starts with immersion experiences in TWIMS’ Management Sandbox, which has a state-of-the-art “Industry 4.0” demonstration line encompassing Industrial IoT, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning, and 3D printing. On completion of the immersion, course participants are allocated to project teams to work on the application of their learnings. Using opportunities and challenges facing firms represented within the course, the teams prepare presentations to a “mock” board advocating for company resource deployment in response to a technology disruptor. Once teams have presented their findings, a consolidation session exploring the strategic consequences of the material covered for participating companies completes the course.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will secure a greater understanding of emerging manufacturing disruptions, and the use of strategy tools to respond to emerging technology opportunities and challenges. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a TWIMS Future Manufacturing course completion certificate.

Who Should Attend

Senior manufacturing managers and executives and public-sector executives with manufacturing portfolios. The executive short course will be taught at a post graduate level.

Course Facilitators

Justin Barnes

This course is facilitated by Professor Justin Barnes, TWIMS’ Manufacturing Ambassador. Justin has worked in the South African manufacturing sector since 1995. All his qualifications are from the University of Natal, including his BA Hons (Geography), MSocSci (Development Studies), and PhD (Development Studies – industrial specialization). Justin has developed strategies for numerous major South African firms and has advised several national governments on their industrial and trade policies. Over the last seven years, he has been exploring the impact of digital technology disruptions on the formulation of firm-level and supply-chain strategies in several manufacturing sectors and complex value chains. Justin has published extensively on the manufacturing sector, and his expertise has led him to work in over 30 countries.

Malika Khodja

Malika is the TFG Head of Future Manufacturing at TWIMS. Malika worked as a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Djillali Liabes University in Sidi Bel Abbes-Algeria from 2012 before moving to South Africa in 2015 to further her PhD studies on aircraft crack repair at the CSIR. She has a background in the mechanics of materials and numerical simulation, with a focus on Finite Element Analysis and fracture mechanics. Malika received her PhD in 2020. Some of the other research she conducted was in collaboration with the CSIR and the University of Witwatersrand on the simulation of the laser shock peening process. Her current activities are through consulting and training in additive manufacturing technologies across Africa. She has a hands-on approach to engineering as well as consulting work, collaborating with a multidisciplinary technical team to the benefit of the customer. Malika joined the University of Pretoria in 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, focusing on applied research in the field of additive manufacturing and related technologies.

Course Framework

Course Cost

The course costs R12 780 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas and includes lunch over the three days, as well as stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and Accommodation

The course is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. Each day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost. Please click here for further details.


April 17 @ 8:30 am
April 19 @ 4:30 pm
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031 767 5202


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