Powering growth of the South African aerospace, defence and other sector-wide industries including marine, by providing technology development and accreditation support to improve industry competitiveness.
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 sector-wide advanced manufacturing industries.
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
- Sector Strategic Support Initiatives
- Sector-Wide Accreditation
- Coordination, Promotion and Awareness