The Institutes of Advanced Tooling (IAT) –  Stellenbosch University (SU) vision is to work towards a national effort to build the innovation capacity of the South African tooling industry. The IAT works with companies aiming to improve their competitive position towards domestic and international

The Institute for Advanced Tooling (IAT) is based at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Soshanguve South Campus.
IAT-TUT key objectives are to:

  • Improve the competitiveness of SMEs in the tooling industry through the growing of highly skilled and educated workers with challenging jobs

The Institutes for Advanced Tooling (IATs) are positioned to be occupational centres of excellence for Skills Development Technology Transfer and Diffusion to accelerate the country's growth in the Tool, Die & Mould (TDM) making sector (Tooling sector), through the core business of promoting

eNtsa is recognised as a prominent research, design and technology support unit for the advanced manufacturing sector in South Africa, based in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU).


eNtsa's main focus is to support and stimulate engineering innovation in order to improve the

The development of a proprietary irrigation pivot with a walkabout action, to increase surface reach with a single pivot. 

Development Impact

Reducing the capital cost of irrigation farming and manufacturing prospects for the region. This is important for emerging farmers and food security.

Directech (Pty) Ltd is a mechatronics innovation and development company that specialises in bespoke industrial turnkey solutions, comprising of robotic solutions, machine building solutions, automated guided vehicle solutions, telemetry (smart city/factory) systems, and packaging solutions.

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