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OEM Companies to Participate in Global Event in South Africa

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, September 23, 2004—Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) in Bloemfontein, South Africa and Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced today that several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the rapid prototyping (RP) industry have agreed to participate in the RAPDASA 2004 Conference & Exhibition. RAPDASA is the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa. Now in its fifth year, this annual event has established itself as an important meeting place for users, educators, researchers, and suppliers involved with RP and related tools and technologies. The event is November 2-4 at the Ilanga Estate, situated a short distance from Bloemfontein. CUT, in cooperation with RAPDASA, is organizing and hosting the event.

Senior managers and executives from the following companies have agreed to participate in the RAPDASA exhibition, a special OEM panel session, and other activities associated with the international conference:

Mr. Tom Clay, President, Z Corporation (USA)
Mr. Tim Heller, Managing Director, Stratasys Europe, GmbH (Germany)
Mr. Tracy LaCroix, International Sales Manager, Solidscape Inc. (USA)
Dr. Hans Langer, CEO, EOS GmbH (Germany)
Mr. Mike Rynerson, Vice President, Extrude Hone ProMetal (USA)
Ms. Adina Shorr, CEO, Objet Geometries (Israel)
Mr. Jonny Silasko, representing Huntsman (USA)
Mr. Barry Tsou, General Manager, Shanghai Union Tech (China)
Dr. Yongnian Yan, Beijing Yinhua Laser Rapid Prototypes Making & Mould Technology (China)

"The timing is right to expand the conference to include these key companies and individuals," said Dr. Deon de Beer, chief director of Technology Management at CUT and chairman of RAPDASA 2004. "New product development is growing faster than ever in South Africa, with the automotive industry leading the way," de Beer explained. "The recent growth presents the opportunity for these companies to establish their brands as they distribute RP products and services in our region of the world," he said. Participation by these OEMs will give conference attendees the opportunity to interface directly with the top management of these companies.

Industry consultant and analyst Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, will chair the OEM panel session and serve as the event's keynote speaker for the fifth consecutive year.  

Central University of Technology, Free State, is an internationally recognized institution of higher learning with graduate and postgraduate programs in engineering, applied natural sciences, economic sciences, management, and humanities. RAPDASA was formed in November 2000 to promote the growth of rapid product development technologies in South Africa. Wohlers Associates, Inc. is an 18-year-old independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in product design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, tooling, and manufacturing.