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Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI)
Expression of Interest (EoI)
Identifying Advanced Manufacturing Aerospace Integrators or Sub-Systems Suppliers and SMMEs to participate in the AISI Technology Based Supplier Development Programme
EoI No: 001/29/06/21
The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is hosted under Industry Connect at the CSIR is a programme of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic). The AISI hereby invites interested companies to respond to the EoI for Technology Based Supplier Development.
The EoI is aimed at identifying organisations requiring technology enhancement, process optimisation and standards and accreditations support in sectors relating to advanced manufacturing in aeronautics, space and defence. Companies in the industry are encouraged to apply for funding to industrialise technologies to the advancement of South African niche capabilities and value propositions in support of government objectives such as competitiveness improvement, localisation and job creation.
Please download the application documents as follows:
Aerospace and Defence Industry Development and Technology Support Programme
CFP No.: 001/03/05/21
The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is hosted under Industry Connect at the CSIR is a programme of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic). The AISI hereby invites interested companies to respond to the Call for Proposals (CFP) for Aerospace and Defence Industry Development and Technology Support.
The CFP is aimed at identifying organisations requiring technology support in sectors relating to advanced manufacturing in aeronautics, space and defence. Industry is encouraged to apply for funding to industrialise technologies to the advancement of South African niche capabilities and value propositions in support of National Government objectives such as competitiveness improvement and localisation.
Please download the application documents as follows:
Identifying Beneficiaries to participate in the Marine Manufacturing and Repairs Supplier Development Programme – Standards and Accreditations Intervention
EoI No.: 001/21/04/2021
The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is hosted under Industry Connect at the CSIR is a programme of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic). The AISI hereby invites interested companies to submit Expressions of Interest for the Marine Manufacturing and Repairs Supplier Development Programme.
The AISI aims to identify recipients that could benefit from support towards standards and accreditations within the marine industry. Support provided to successful companies will address certification and compliance issues, which are currently limiting their ability to partake in the marine supply chain. More specifically, assistance may be provided to beneficiaries to obtain marine certifications, providing new opportunities within the marine industry, or open new markets for existing marine suppliers.
Please download the application documents as follows:
The CSIR and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) are pleased to announce the DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support Programme (IBS) call for applications.
Closing Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED
The IBS postgraduate bursary support is intended for students approved for- or registered for full time studies for Honours/ 4th year Engineering/ BTech/ Advanced Diploma, Masters or PhD degrees at any South African public university. The focus areas for the bursary support are restricted to the following research areas:
Modelling and Digital Sciences
Titanium (Manufacturing Elements)
Information and Communications Technology
Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
The advert and detailed guidelines document, for Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels can be downloaded below:
Please complete the online application form (see links below) and submit all the required supporting documents as per information provided in the call documents by email to: HCD-INTERBURSARY@csir.co.za
By: Mamaili Mamaila, Features Writer and Social Media Specialist
Date: 11 September 2020
The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late.
“The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely severe on the aerospace industry, owing to the lockdown on air travel and tourism,” Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) director of aerospace and defence, industrial competitiveness and growth Nokwanda Fipaza says.
However, she tells Engineering News that the decline was noticeable before the pandemic.
This decline can be attributed to three main factors, she says.
Firstly, limited local procurement, which results in even fewer small offset agreements for the manufacturing industry.
Secondly, cash-strapped State-owned enterprises, which results in limited local supply chain activity.
Thirdly, international original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are scaling down.
Consequently, fewer work packages are available for the South African industry, says Fipaza.
In response to these challenges, the South African aerospace industry is endeavouring to tap into a broader mix of international supply chains, owing to the few international OEMs which the local industry currently supplies.
“The DTIC further aims to put industry into contact with additional DTIC incentives that are not only for aerospace. Although bigger companies are also supported, the AISI aims to show impact through the development and support of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs).”
Although there are “pockets of excellence” in niche areas, such as electronics and mine protected vehicles, as well as an exporting sail planes manufacturer, Fipaza adds that the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports.
Further, the pandemic has prompted the industry to respond in innovative ways, from supplying personal protective equipment, and designing and supplying ventilators to assisting local supply chains in diversifying into additional markets.
As such, Fipaza highlights that the AISI has reprioritised its interventions to assist with industry building capability after Covid-19.
Some of the key elements in respect of manufacturing for the aerospace industry that AISI is aiming to tackle include advanced composites, rotational moulding and precision machining. The aim is to create high-value jobs which contribute meaningfully to the economy.
She relates that one of the main projects that the AISI is currently undertaking is the localisation of a 400 N gas turbine for defence and commercial purposes by propulsion systems solutions provider Cape Aerospace Technologies, in Cape Town.
AISI is also involved in the supplier development of a rotational moulding supplier that will produce the sacrificial thermoplastic core used in the patented Cellular Core Technology at aerospace engineering and manufacturing company Aerosud Aviation, in Centurion, Gauteng.
Meanwhile, for sail plane designer and manufacturer Jonker Sailplanes, AISI is involved in the development and manufacturing of a 24-m-long open-class sailplane to help it retain its global market lead in the open-class segment.
This is the time to increase cooperation and local content, as well as develop the industry’s niche capabilities for the international market, she enthuses.
“We are also looking into the development of a market-related radio frequency (RF) microwave subassembly for small satellites using additive manufacturing by advanced RF and microwave components designer and manufacturer LambdaG – an SMME in Cape Town.”
AISI is also involved in the implementation of the AS9100 aerospace quality management standard at electronics manufacturer Production Logix, in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, Fipaza tells Engineering News.
In the drive to bolster exports for the industry, transformation remains a key imperative, as in doing so, maximum value addition and maximum local content on the manufactured components and products, is created, she explains.
AISI is a DTIC-led initiative which aims to improve the competitiveness of the local aeronautics, space and defence sectors – managed and hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, Gauteng.
Edited by: Zandile Mavuso, Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Features
Identifying Beneficiaries to participate in the AISI Marine Manufacturing, Associated Services and Other Manufacturing Industries Supplier Development Programme – Standards and Accreditations Intervention
EoI No: 001/10/07/2020
Annexure A – Response Template:
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only electronic submissions will be accepted.
Industry Development and Technology Support Programme 2019/2020
The Industry Development and Technology Support Programme focuses on advancing the involvement of industry in sectors relating to advanced manufacturing in aeronautics, space and defence. Industry is encouraged to apply for funding to industrialise technologies to the advancement of South African niche capabilities and value propositions to support the following:
Ensuring partnerships are established between organisations;
Accessing national infrastructure and expertise;
Accessing new and existing processes, products and methods to enter into the industry;
Industrialising technologies from universities and other research institutions;
Enhancing industry competitiveness by ensuring appropriate technology transfer interventions; and
Integrators and Sub-Systems Suppliers are encouraged to include SMMEs as well as lower-tier suppliers, to ensure the continuous transfer of knowledge, expertise, capabilities and technologies, and in doing so, broadening the industry base.
The AISI realises that there is a need to support the local industry; therefore a Call for Proposals (CFP) is issued aimed at attracting projects that contribute towards the development of the SA aeronautics, space and defence industry, specifically focusing on:
Supporting SMMEs and established industry in fostering new technologies; and
Developing the local content and capability of South African entities.
The Call for Proposals (CFP) is open to both local INTEGRATORS AND SUB-SYSTEMS SUPPLIERS and SMMEs.
Integrator and Sub-Systems Supplier: A Integrator and Sub-Systems Supplier is a company whose products are used as components in the products of another company. The integrators and sub-systems suppliers generally work closely with the company that sells the finished product and customises designs based on that company’s needs. Only integrators and sub-systems suppliers who are involved in aerospace advanced manufacturing will be considered.
SMME: A manufacturing SMME according to the National Small Business Amendment Act, No 26 of 2003, is defined as having less than:
200 full-time employees;
R51 million annual turnover; and R19 million total gross asset value (fixed property excluded)
Kindly find the Call for Proposals (CFP) guidelines and the template that should be completed.