AgriFood Technology Station (ATS)

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The mandate of the Agrifood Technology Station (ATS) is to assist small and medium enterprises primarily, but also all other appropriate companies as a secondary goal, to improve their use of technology, implied improvement of efficiencies and also concomitant improved ability to employ more staff and empower such persons in terms of the field of technology in which it operates.

ATS offers a wide range of services that can assist food and related companies in developing, enhancing and maintaining safe, efficient and cost-effective food production and processing. The University has a host of highly qualified and experienced staff, including scientists, technologists and technical assistants to assist with delivering this service to companies. Where any specific expertise does not exist in the University, the academic and industrial networks of the above staff are also called in to assist on a consultancy basis.

ATS is well placed in a state of the art complex on the Bellville campus of CPUT. This includes a pilot plant with 5 different processing areas: bakery, meat products, extrusion & milling, chocolate and sugar confectioanary, spray drying and heat processing. Besides general and cold stores, there are also a number of laboratory areas such as an R&D lab (for small-scale product development) Research Lab, Instrument Room, Chemistry Lab, Microbiology Lab and a Physical Food Properties Lab.

All of this, together with a complement of permanent and contracted staff members places us well to fulfill our mandate as managed via the Technology Innovation Agency of the national Department of Science & Technology.

Let us assist you with your innovation and technology transfer at preferred rates at your site or in our own world-class facility!

Funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (a DST initiative)

We are proud to be part of the Agro-Chemical cluster and associated with Agrofood Technology Station (University of Limpopo), Downstream Chemicals Technology Station – Innoventon (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), Technology Station in Chemicals (Tshwane University of Technology), and Technology Station in Chemicals (Mangosuthu University of Technology).