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Wohlers Associates Supports Rapid Product Development Event in South Africa

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, October 9, 2003—Wohlers Associates, Inc., a 17-year old independent consulting firm, is supporting the leading conference on rapid product development in South Africa. The event, titled the 4th Annual International Conference on Rapid Product Development, is scheduled for November 5-6, 2003, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The conference will focus on the automotive industry with presentations from top national experts in rapid prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing.

Industry consultant, analyst, and author Terry Wohlers, founder and president of Wohlers Associates, will serve as the keynote speaker of the conference. This marks the fourth consecutive year for Wohlers to support the event and serve as keynote speaker. “My continued involvement with the wonderful people of South Africa is a privilege,” Wohlers said. “The South Africans are creative, resourceful, and among the most gracious hosts in the world.” This year, Wohlers will also participate in a pre-conference management workshop on November 4 with Dr. Deon de Beer of Technikon Free State in Bloemfontein. 

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA), a national group that represents important academic and industrial organizations, is sponsoring the international conference. PE Technikon in Port Elizabeth, Technikon Free State, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria are organizing the conference. The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) has endorsed it.

Nelson Mandela Bay, located at Port Elizabeth, is the gateway to the Eastern Cape and central to the popular Garden Route. Nearby is the Addo Elephant National Park, a famous game reserve that is home to 300 elephants and other wild animals. Details on the conference are available at

Wohlers Associates focuses on technical, market, and business consulting as its core activity. In the past, it has provided organizations of all types and sizes advice on wide ranging issues associated with prototyping and rapid product development. Much of this guidance has dealt with equipment purchases, hidden costs, what works and what does not, industry trends, and growth forecasts. The company also assists with acquisitions, partnerships, product positioning, competitive issues, and whether to enter a particular market segment. Additional information is available at