http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.22Change: -0.23
R/$ = 11.16Change: -0.09
Au 1240.10 $/ozChange: -4.17
Pt 1243.50 $/ozChange: -18.70
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jun 22, 2007

New laboratory a public–private initiative

Back
Aviation|Pretoria|Aerosud|AgustaWestland|Airbus|BAE Systems|Boeing|Components|Design|Engines|PROJECT|System|Systems|Aero-sud’s Campus|Equipment|Manufacturing|Products|Systems|Department Of Science And Technology|Training Centre|Mosibudi Mangena|Dassault Mirage F1|Lynx|MiG-29|Middle East|Aero
Aviation||Components|Design|Engines|PROJECT|System|Systems||Equipment|Manufacturing|Products|Systems|||||
aviation|pretoria|aerosud|agustawestland|airbus|bae-systems|boeing|components|design|engines|project|system|systems-company|aerosudrsquos-campus|equipment|manufacturing|products|systems|department-of-science-and-technology|training-centre|mosibudi-mangena|dassault-mirage-f1|lynx|mig29|middle-east|aero
© Reuse this The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and private-sector aviation company Aerosud are in the process of jointly establishing an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Labo-ratory (AMTL) for aviation as part of the DST’s Advanced Manufac-turing Technology Strategy (AMTS). The AMTL will be located in Aero-sud’s campus in Centurion, immediately south of Pretoria, alongside the company’s recently opened Inno- vation and Training Centre (ITC).



“The AMTL has investment from the DST – we want to see our people given the facilities to excel, to do their best,” affirms Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena. “We have our AMTS which, among other things, seeks to promote research and development in light metals and other materials. So we proposed and have been pushing for the establishment of the AMTL.”



“We want to implement the AMTL as soon as possible – we are awaiting approval of additional funding for further equipment – and it should be operational before the end of this year,” he reports.



Mangena officially opened the ITC on June 7. “Aerosud’s ITC is the practical side, the implementation side, of the AMTS,” he says. “What I have seen at this company has really lifted my spirits – to see something like the ITC, alive and functioning, is very uplifting.”



Founded in 1990, Aerosud is an established supplier of parts and components to many of the leading western aerospace groups – AgustaWestland, Airbus, BAE Systems, and Boeing – as well as supplying cabin interiors to a number of leading airlines, and products to military customers. It currently has an order book exceeding R4-billion.



For example, Aerosud designed, developed, and manufactures an infrared exhaust supression system for the AgustaWestland Super Lynx, which is fitted to Super Lynxes flying in the Middle East, and which has also been selected to equip the third-generation Future Lynx battlefield helicopter for the British Army Air Corps.



“It is wonderful to see implementation at this high level, in conjunction with very important world companies – we are capable of producing work of very high technical standards,” enthuses Mangena.



Another successful major Aerosud project has been the re-engining of former South African Air Force Dassault Mirage F1 fighters with Russian Klimov RD-33 engines, used in the MiG-29. A number of these re-engined Mirage F1s have been sold to the Gabonese Air Force.



In 2001, when Aerosud opened its current campus, adjacent to Air Force Base Waterkloof, it had 140 employees; today it has 520 and is in the process of increasing this to 700. In 2005, the company was manufacturing some 75 000 aircraft parts a year – now, the annual figure is about 400 000. More than 95% of the company’s sales are exports.



It employs global industry standard Catia software for its computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing processes. The company manufactures composites and thermo-formed plastics, undertakes volume production aluminium details in a dedicated facility, and executes structural fabrications and assemblies. It also outsources certain activities to smaller South African companies.





Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
More
 
 
Latest News
Swedish Ambassador to South Africa Christian Meuwly will next week inaugurate the final roll-out of the new vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK) at clay brick manufacturer Langkloof Bricks’ facility in Jeffrey’s Bay. The VSBK formed a part of economic, social and...
Hot on the heels of the launch of Rustenburg’s rapid transport system’s brand name and logo last week, a negotiation framework agreement (NFA) has been formally agreed to and signed by the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) and taxi and bus operators affected by the...
The runway at the George Airport, in the Western Cape, has been rehabilitated to improve safety, in terms of run-off and storm water drainage, and the structural capacity of the pavement surface. The scope of work comprised the extension of Runway 11/29, the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
MORNÉ DU PLESSIS Increased urgency and burgeoning awareness of the importance of these issues are beginning to change political risks and, thus, State responses to environmental concerns
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010.
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks