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Barnes Group Advisors licenses additive manufacturing training to TiziriTech in South Africa

Additive manufacturing consultancy firm The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA) has signed an intellectual property license agreement with Tiziri Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (TiziriTech) headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. Under this agreement TiziriTech will use TBGA’s resources to provide on-site training to customers in Africa and the Middle East.

In recent months, TBGA has signed a number of training agreements with key industry stakeholders in Europe and North America. John Barnes, Managing Director of The Barnes Group Advisors, comments:

“This agreement expands on our mission to build effective partnerships for sustainable AM development. I’m also personally excited to help another entrepreneurial team.”

TiziriTech advanced manufacturing consultancy services

TiziriTech was founded in 2018 as a consultancy service to help business leverage advanced manufacturing technologies. Malika Khodja, a visiting researcher in Laser Shock Peening at the University of the Witwatersrand and South Africa’s ambassador for Women in 3D Printing is the company’s managing director. Hein Möller, a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, is the company’s Director.

Malika Khodja (center left) managing director at TiziriTech host the Women in 3D Printing South Africa meetup. Photo via TiziriTech

With regard to this new partnership with TBGA, Moller says, “In order for additive manufacturing to grow in Africa and the Middle East, it is imperative to improve human capital development through training and research,”

“The Barnes Group Advisors offer training courses based on customer requirements. Since the Africa and Middle East region is vast, with many different training needs, it makes TBGA the logical option to use.”

Activate AM at The Barnes Group Advisors

In total, The Barnes Group Advisors currently offers four different consultancy based services: Media, e.g. speaking engagements; Reports, for insight into the industry; Projects, a means of finding solutions to a technical challenge; and Advisory, helping companies set a strategy. Advisory services are also where the company’s training courses fit in.

At present, TBGA training is offered in four courses:

– Discover AM, covering the basic steps in additive manufacturing
– Foucs AM, building on the basics through deeper exploration of technology & materials
– Accelerate AM, concerning Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfaM)
– Empower AM, helping companies develop a business case for the application of 3D printing

As part of the licensing agreement, TiziriTech will have access to each of these training areas, as well as other speciality courses based on customer need. Khodja, the company’s managing director, comments, “I am excited to use my proficiency in languages to communicate with people from the region to help develop additive manufacturing.”

The Activate AM course portfolio. Image via The Barnes Group Advisors
The Activate AM course portfolio. Image via The Barnes Group Advisors

Part of growing global portfolio 

Other businesses recently added to TBGA’s partner portfolio include UK metal powder manufacturer LPWSLM Solutions North America, and Airbus subsidiary APWORKS.

Alison Wyrick Mendoza, Business Leader for Training Services at The Barnes Group Advisors, concludes “We are anxious to contribute to the global expansion and adoption of AM, and we recognize there are different answers for different parts of the world,”

“The TiziriTech team has requisite technical experience, a strong local network, and extensive language skills. Learning about AM is one thing, hearing it in your own language is another.”

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Featured image shows the Activate AM course portfolio. Photo via The Barnes Group Advisors

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