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Business Sector – Commercial Aviation

  • Commercial Aviation – Aero-structures, Systems and Interiors

  • Advanced Manufacturing (and Design & Engineering)

  • Sector in South Africa – (CAMASA):

›› 50 companies active

›› Export R3.0b annually

›› 40% Added Value (Local content)

›› Employ 3 000+ people in high skill jobs

›› Train 600+ people annually

›› 90% of activity in Gauteng and Cape Town region


Outcomes for the Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Sector

  • Doubling manufactured Exports over a period of five years

  • Localisation of imports of materials and components

  • Growing Sector employment by 60% in high-tech jobs

  • Transformation of the Sector including Ownership, Skills- and Supplier Development with particular emphasis on Black Industrialisation;

  • Leveraging and deploying the Advanced Manufacturing Skills

  • Driving the industrialization and commercial deployment of leading edge Technologies such as Additive Manufacturing

  • Establishing a Best-Practice Advanced Manufacturing Hub by applying Advanced Manufacturing Best Practices to the CAV  and possibly other regional off-shoots;

  • Promote direct partnerships with international OEM’s and/or Technology partners, to demonstrate and showcase local industry capabilities and capacities to collaborate

  • Forging stronger ties with global Aviation and Advanced Manufacturing companies.

Commercial Aviation Manufacturing Industry in South Africa

IPAP 2017

Establishment of the South African Commercial Aviation Framework and Implementation Plan (IPAP) 2017

Nature and Purpose of the Intervention

The SA Aviation sector is an established sector, already exporting hi-tech parts and components to leading international OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 companies to the value of R3:0bn per annum. It has a strong and global international order book, at approximately 2,000 airplanes per year for the next 19 years. This sector has a potential to further support economic development and industrialisation by means of exports, R&D and localisation of selected bought-in technologies and processes; creating a conducive environment; and partnering with global companies to spread R&D costs and expand the client base. The intervention is intended to significantly boost SA commerical aviation manufacturing exports through application of an intergrated Industry Growth Plan – and achieve this by growing the country’s aerospace capabilities in support of future-orientated competitiveness.

The purposes of the intervention are the following

Doubling of the sector’s manufactured exports over a period of five years as well as the localisation of imports of components (including manufactured goods required for the servicing and overhauling of airplanes);
Growing sector employment by approximately 60% in hightech jobs from the current base;
Transformation of various aspects of the sector, including ownership, skills- and supplier development, with a particular emphasis on black industrialists;
Establishing the necessary conditions to create and maintain process and product qualifications and certifications to international criteria.

Targeted Outcomes

A solid commercial aviation manufacturing framework, aligning and integrating the key enablers towards establishing a blueprint for future success of the aerospace sector.

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