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The AFSA Technical Assistance Scheme was established early in 2011 as an essential component of AFSA’s mission and value proposition to members. The Technical Assistance Scheme is based on a Panel of Experts, appointed by AFSA, who are qualified professionals.

Each one has many years of experience in the aluminium industry and a steep knowledge of alloys and technologies. The scheme provides quick and convenient access to technical advice on the selection and use of aluminium to AFSA member companies and their customers, members of related professional organisations and educational institutions and non-member companies and individual users.

How to access the AFSA Technical Assistance Scheme:

  • All enquiries should be directed first, through the Information Officer of AFSA, who allocate the request to an appropriate expert from the Panel. The expert will then liaise directly with the client and provide a report. You can contact Antoonette Hearns at afsa@afsa.org.za.
  • The service is provided free of charge by AFSA – provided that the time required to service the enquiry does not exceed half a day and that the overall interaction with a particular member is not excessive. A subsidised charge is levied to contribute towards costs if the time required exceeds this.This free service is offered in order to support suppliers and users of aluminium and help facilitate the successful use of aluminium products. Projects requiring more extensive investigation, research, site visits and travel are quoted for separately.
  • The Technical Assistance scheme is limited to a short study of the problem and the report is based on information provided by the enquirer. It is thus provided in good faith and without guarantees despite every professional effort by the expert.