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Aerospace Industry Support Initiative

The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), managed and hosted by the CSIR. The AISI is a government initiative with a specific aim of improving the competitiveness of the local aeronautics, space and defence sectors.

Enabling the South African aerospace industry to participate and compete globally

The AISI takes its strategic direction from government’s objectives with a specific emphasis on industrialisation of technology. The dti utilises the CSIR and its position in the National System of Innovation to give industry access to national expertise and infrastructure, to improve its capabilities and offerings.

Focused programme-level interventions

The AISI achieves impact in industry through focused programme-level interventions. The programmes are designed to assist industry in overcoming challenges faced by industry, and in doing so, ensuring that industry becomes more competitive. The programmes are supplier development, industry development and technology support and sector strategic support initiatives.

The collaboration between the local aerospace industry and the AISI is a key element in improving competiveness and establishing a global footprint in the advanced manufacturing environment. As part of the duties of the CSIR as the host of the AISI, it is obliged to make national facilities and expertise, housed at the CSIR, available to industry to improve product differentiation for industry, and in doing so, ensuring that industry improves its competitiveness.