• Automechanika - exciting speaker line-up for MIWA event

    Automechanika is just around the corner and MIWA will be hosting a morning conference on 27 September with an exciting guest speaker line-up. Take a look…

    Joey Evans
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    Joey had a dream to race his motorbike in the Dakar Rally. A race considered to be the toughest off-road race in the world that has claimed the lives of 70 people over its 39-year history. His dream was shattered when in 2007 during a local race in South Africa he was hit by another biker and amongst other serious injuries he broke his back, crushing his spinal cord leaving him paralyzed from just below his chest. The injury was diagnosed as a T8-T9 incomplete spinal cord injury with about a 10% chance to walk again. It took nearly 10 years with many challenges, successes and lessons learnt along the way, but on 2 January 2017, Joey lined up as a competitor at the start of the Dakar Rally in Asuncion, Paraguay. During the rally he faced some of his toughest challenges but went on to be the only South African on a bike to finish the 2017 Dakar Rally.
    Joey will be sharing first-hand the challenges faced in reaching the Dakar finish line. He will also be motivating all MIWA members on overcoming business challenges and some keys to success.

    Jan Jooste
    Director of Innovation at Sebokeng Campus – VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park



    Jan is a qualified industrial engineer, which he says biased his whole life towards efficiency and effectiveness. Systems must be improved, he believes, and there is no reason to accept incompetence.
    He works as Director of Innovation at the Vaal University of Technology, with a two-fold remit to stimulate innovation internally amongst students and staff and then externally in the community. Students and staff are encouraged to do research that will actually add value to the community and also create commercialisation opportunities. In the community, the VUT would like to use its combined knowledge to empower job creation and local economic development.
    His interaction with the RMI started via the TDAFA on fighting the REDISA waste. The university wanted to use waste tyres for local economic development, but was blocked by the emergence of REDISA. The work with RMI and TDAFA has now culminated in at least the provisional liquidation of REDISA and the possibility of a new dispensation.
    MIWA offered the possibility to become involved in further support of the local economy via the Right to Repair campaign. The Right to Repair campaign creates the possibility for the consumer to save money and have a more roadworthy vehicle whilst local repair facilities remain sustainable.
    Jan will be addressing the conference on the R2RSA campaign and what it means for the industry.

    Paul Grosvenor
    MAHLE: Europe, Middle East & Africa Technical team



    Having a keen interest in most things powered by an internal combustion engine, it was natural decision for Paul to get involved in the automotive industry. In 1993 a decision was made to specialise in the engine industry which led to employment with Kolbenschmidt in their UK based operation. Paul spent eight years at Kolbenschmidt working closely with many of the UK’s leading engine remanufacturers, including OES contracts.
    In 2001 the opportunity arose to move to MAHLE with the creation of its Aftermarket entity. Initially responsible for establishing MAHLE Original products as the leading UK brand for engine parts, the role quickly grew to encompass technical training seminars for all MAHLE Aftermarket products as well as failure analysis and reporting. Projects led by Paul include the design & manufacture of special production parts for high profile customers. With a vast array of powertrain knowledge from small displacement two stroke engines to heavy fuel oil industrial engines, an area of particular interest is now the downsizing trends and future powertrain technologies.
    As part of the Europe, Middle East & Africa Technical team Paul now spends his time giving training seminars to end users and distributors as well as lecturing to trainee vehicle technicians at UK based colleges.


    Online registration for the MIWA conference will be available on the MIWA website from 10 August. Be sure to book your spot.
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