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Engineering, Management & Operation of Extrusion Plants (South Africa)

  • Extrusion and Advanced Manufacturing Cluster ​Kanaalweg 102 Potchefstroom South Africa (map)

This short course is presented by FiE in conjunction with FoodStream and ExtruAfrica.

FoodStream is an Australian company which, working with Gordon Young of FiE and extrusion specialist Dennis Forte, has been presenting extrusion training in countries including Australia, Thailand, and New Zealand for 20 years. This course has been presented annually in Norway since 2015, with excellent feedback from participants.

Day 2 of this course is Sponsored by


We appreciate support/sponsorship from companies involved in providing equipment and services relevant to Extrusion.


This 3-day course covers the principles of extrusion, the design of extrusion processes, and the formulation of extruded products. Principles learned will be demonstrated using the CFAM pilot plant facility. The program is relevant to the production of all types of extruded products - eg expanded snacks and breakfast cereals, pastas and third generation snack pellets, pet foods and aquafeeds. The course applies to both single and twin screw extrusion technology.

We take the approach of presenting the theory of how the extrusion process works - but with a practical focus, relating it to typical extrusion processes This understanding not only assists the planning and engineering of extrusion lines, and the formulation of extruded products, but provides a basis for managers and operators in the running of extrusion plants.


To provide an understanding of extrusion technology to:

  • Enable the design of appropriate extrusion lines

  • Assist the formulation of extruded product that run efficiently

  • Assist line managers to plan efficient operation and maintenance

  • Provide extruder operators with the tolls to understand how to best maintain optimum processes.

*Course program may be subject to minor changes.

Who Should Attend?

This program provides value to those planning or running extrusion operations - from engineers, managers and line supervisors, to extruder operators. Note that many topics are quite technical in nature, but we start from basics, assuming no prior knowledge, so that participants can take understanding at a level appropriate to their requirements.


Monday to Wednesday, 16 - 18 March 2020

Tea/coffee will be available from 8:15 am on the first day, ready for the program to start at 8:30 am. Presentations will conclude by 4:30 pm on the final day.


Extrusion and Advanced Manufacturing Cluster
Kanaalweg 102
South Africa


Registration Fee

R12500 per person (or equivalent in other currency at time of invoicing - approx USD xxxx). 

Registration fee is set in Rand and will vary when converted to other currencies according to fluctuations in exchange rates.

A 10% discount applies to registrations received by the early registration deadline of DAY MONTH YEAR and paid withing 14 days of that date.

An additional 5% discount applies for three or more course registrations received together from the same company.

The registration fee includes handout notes directly related to the presentations, as well as lunches, and morning and afternoon teas.

Special fees for PhD students and non-profit research organisations (limited places available).

Advise on registration form if claiming special fee:

PhD students – $$$ (or equivalent in other currency). Advise which University you are enrolled in at registration.

Non-profit research organisation (including University staff) – $$$


To book places at this course, click below to access the registration form.

Cancellation Policy

Fees, less a 15% handling charge, will be refunded if participants cancel their registration prior to the closing date for registrations. Fees will not be refunded after that date, but a substitute participant will be accepted at any time.

FiE reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if necessary (e.g. due to insufficient registrations). In this case a full refund of fees will be available.  FoodStream’s Liability is limited to the registration fee only, and FoodStream cannot be held liable for air fares, accommodation, or other related expenses.

What Participants Need to Bring

For safety and hygiene reasons, all visitors are requested to comply with the following clothing protocols on the second day for the demonstration:

  • flat, fully enclosed footwear, or steel-toed industrial safety shoes, are to be worn

  • full leg coverage (ie trousers) is required. Skirts, short pants or 3/4 length trousers are not suitable

  • you will be asked to remove watches and all jewellery other than solid bands.

We also suggest usual items such as notepad, pen or pencil, and highlighter.


Participants must organise their own accommodation.

Further Information & Enquiries

Visit our Contact page, or contact:

Gordon Young, Food Industry Engineering (Australia) Ph +61 414 681200

Extrusion training can also be offered to companies on-site at their facility, at a level suitable for operators, or for technical staff.

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Course Presenters

The main presenter is Mr Dennis Forte, a chemical engineer with extensive experience in extrusion processing and die design, including aquafeed production. Dennis has worked with a wide variety of companies and extruded products.

Mr Gordon Young is a food process engineer who has worked in extrusion technology in both University research and with private companies. He is also experienced in a wide range of other food processing technologies, including specific expertise in drying technology and thermal processing.

Books Written by Course Presenters

Available to course participants at 20% discount to list price. If pre-ordered (see option on Registration Form), a copy will be provided at the course.  Limited spare copies will also be available for perusal/purchase at the course until sold out (orders at the same book cost, plus delivery, will be accepted for delivery after the course).

An additional 20% discount applies if copies of both book are purchased.

Food & Feed Extrusion Technology: An Applied Approach to Extrusion Theory

This book contains material which supports the course.

  • Printed - CLP105,000, or USD152 (Hardcover)

  • Combination - Printed hardcover edition plus eBook CLP145,000 or USD210

The Design of Food Extrusion Dies

This book is unique in providing specific guidance on die design, with worked examples and tutorials.

  • Printed - CLP144,000 or USD208 (Hardcover)

  • Combination - Printed hardcover edition plus eBook CLP188,000 or USD272