SMPM conference Major Theme

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission15 May 2016
  • Early bird registration23 May 2016
  • Paper submission17 July 2016
  • Proposals2 September 2016
  • Acceptance notification2 September 2016
  • Standard registration22 January 2017
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Conference Broad Theme: Sustainable Materials Processing and Manufacturing


The Sustainable Materials Processing and Manufacturing conference seeks to bring together distinguished researchers, scientists, engineers, students, and industry stakeholders from South Africa and all over the world to discuss current research and technical applications in this field.

Expected Outcomes:

The Sustainable Materials Processing and Manufacturing conference is expected to:

Important benefits of attending the conference:

    • provide a networking platform to shape the future of materials processing and manufacturing in South Africa and globally.
    • raise awareness and prompt action in the promotion of sustainable materials processing and manufacturing in South Africa and the world in general
    • contribute to the principles of sustainable materials and manufacturing processing and development
    • result in the formation of a Sustainable Materials Processing and Manufacturing interest group which will help in the transfer of knowledge from basic research into final products
    •  All the manuscripts submitted to the conference will go through double blind peer review process.
    •  The conference proceeding will have an ISBN number.
    • The Proceeding will be published by Elsevier in Procedia Manufacturing.
    •  All the conference papers will be EI indexed and will appear on Scopus with open access to enhance visibility
    •  Two ISI-listed journals will be accepting extended versions of best papers from this conference​​

Main Conference Themes:

1. Environmental Policies, Standards and Education for Sustainable Engineering
  • Environmental management and ISO standards 
  • Legislation, education and corporate-social factors 
  • Awareness for sustainability in public and government 
  • Role of academia in sustainable engineering and development 
  • Engineering education for sustainable development
2. Life Cycle Engineering
  • Product life cycle and various life phases in sustainable product developments 
  • Life cycle activities, life phases and life cycle decision making 
  • Life cycle thinking and assessment 
  • Life cycle assessment tools and techniques 
  • Case studies in life cycle engineering
3. Sustainable Manufacturing Systems and Techniques
  • Sustainable production systems
  • Process automation for sustainable manufacturing 
  • Advanced and hybrid manufacturing for sustainability 
  • Additive manufacturing 
  • Laser-assisted machining 
  • Ultrasonic-assisted machining 
  • Green Machining: sustainability in conventional and advanced machining 
  • Environment-friendly lubricants and lubrication techniques 
  • Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) 
  • Cryogenic cooling 
  • Dry cutting 
  • Low impact manufacturing 
  • Energy and resource-efficient manufacturing 
  • Role of digital and intelligent manufacturing in sustainability 
  • Optimization strategies for sustainability 
  • Sustainability in precision engineering and micromachining
4. Sustainable Materials and Processing
  • Sustainability in material deposition and processing 
  • Green material processing technologies 
  • Sustainable use of materials 
  • Sustainable polymer recycling and processing 
  • Recycling of critical metals
  • Bioplastics
  • Sustainable coatings 
  • Identification and replacement for critical materials
5. Sustainable Product Design and Development
  • Sustainable design, innovation and services
  • Sustainable product design services 
  • Design for the environment 
  • Zero- and near-zero landfill designs for manufacture
  • Design for disassembly/re-use/re-manufacturing/ recycling and serviceability
6. Sustainable Supply Chain and Business Models
  • Green supply chain and logistics
  • Sustainable supply chain management 
  • Sustainable materials management 
  • Maintenance strategies for sustainable manufacturing
  • Strategies and business models for sustainable development
  • Business strategy and climate change 
  • Investment options in sustainable manufacturing
7. Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Bio gas production and processing 
  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Fuel cell technology
  • Hydrogen generation and storage
  • Energy storage technology
  • Sustainable materials management
8. Other Important aspects
  • Eco tribology
  • Ecological engineering
  • Technology and degrowth
  • Waste treatment and management 
  • Lean manufacturing 
  • Recycling and reuse 
  • Disassembly and remanufacturing
  • Cleaner production 
  • Industrial case studies

Abstract closing date
15 May 2016


Acceptance of Abstracts (Not more than 300 words)
Notification to Participants


29 May 2016

Submission of Initial Full Draft Papers
17 July 2016

Acceptance of Initial Full Draft of Papers
Notification to Participants

31 July 2016

Submission of Final Papers
2 Sept 2016

Early bird registration open
3 Sept 2016

Acceptance of Final Paper
Notification to Participants

18 Sept 2016

Close of Early Bird Registration
3 Oct 2016

 Regarding the venue Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 

336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. People's interaction with the lowveld environment over many centuries, - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites, - is very evident in the park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

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