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Annual International Conference @ Spier Estate, November 2017









Dont Miss the 2018 '4.0 for Manufacturing' Conference

Grab this opportunity to attend the PISA International Conference, aspire to a hole-in-one and an entirely new perspective on where the industry is heading.

The Plastics Institute of Southern Africa (PISA), Plastics South Africa (PSA), The Manufacturing, Engineering and related Services Seta (MerSeta), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and Stellenbosch University (SU) take pleasure in collaborating to bring international speakers to SA, on current hot topics.

The conference runs over two days, with an industrial bias on the Thursday, and post graduate students from Tshwane University of Technology and Stellenbosch University presenting the results of their post graduate studies, complemented by the Doctoral Students of FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, all of whom are undertaking their doctoral studies locally at TUT.

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Exhibition space will be available for companies to market themselves, at R1 000 per table in the conference reception area.

A gala dinner, hosted by MerSeta, is planned for Thursday evening, 9 November.  All conference speakers and delegates are invited to attend.

Ensure that you participate in the PISA Western Cape Golf Day on Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 as well.



17 August 2017

Cape Town

Minutes of 46th AGM


Plastics Institute of South Africa Annual International Conference

Spier Estate, Stellenbosch

9 – 10 November 2017


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Martin Ackermann

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Paul de Give





The origins of PISA

On 25 March 1948, a meeting was held at the SEIFSA offices in Johannesburg to plan the formation of a “Southern African Section of the Plastics Institute of London”.  A P Hadley was elected as the first chairman and the first AGM was on 29 November 1949.  The Institute had 30 members at that stage, and the first lecture evening topic was ‘Versatile Vinyls’, followed by ‘PVC and its uses’.

Branches were opened in ‘Natal’ and the Western Cape during 1965, and a ‘Central Council’ was formed in 1966, known from 1967 as the National Executive Committee (NEC).

A ‘Rhodesian’ branch was formed in 1966 and, though this is no longer part of our Institute, is still active an part of the Institute of Materials (UK).

The Eastern Province branch, known as the Algoa branch, was started in 1966 in Port Elizabeth.  During 1970, the Institute felt that South African autonomy and funding were vital and the Plastics Institute of Southern Africa (PISA) was formed.  Existing members all became ‘Senior Members’ of PISA on 01 May 1971, a point of great pride to all concerned.

The Border Kei branch, based in East London, was formed during 1986. 

PISA, with its four branches, now has around 1 000 members, with the Northern branch (includes any members from all the other provinces, as well as members from neighbouring South African countries and overseas) having over 300 members.