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Powering growth of the South African aerospace, defence and marine manufacturing sectors by providing aid and support to make the industry competitive in global technology markets

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) is a South African government initiative with a specific aim of improving the competitiveness of the local aeronautics-, space-, defence and marine advanced manufacturing sectors.

The AISI takes its strategic direction from government’s objectives with a specific emphasis on industrialisation of technology and technology-based supplier development.  The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) utilises the CSIR and its position in the National System of Innovation (NSI) as an independent, strategic directed R&D entity to give industry access to national expertise and infrastructure in order to improve its capabilities and offerings.

Established in 2006, the AISI has supported the South African industry both directly and indirectly through interventions implemented by the following programmes:

  • Technology-Based Supplier Development
  • Industry Development and Technology Support
  • Marine Manufacturing, Maintenance & Repairs, and Associated Services Development Programme
  • Sector Strategic Support Initiatives
  • Coordination, Promotion and Awareness
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An initiative of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, managed and hosted by the CSIR