Denel Aerostructures is poised to expand its presence in the commercial aerospace sector and diversify into other related high-tech manufacturing activities.
We have the experience, track record and capacity to take on board more commercial work, says Ismail Dockrat, the CEO of the company which has built its reputation on the development of the Rooivalk Helicopter and its role as a top tier supplier to the A400M airlifter.
Dockrat says the intended fleet renewal process for both SA Airways and SA Express will deliver a number of National Industrial Participation packages that will benefit the local aerospace industry.
Although the four work packages delivered for Airbus Defence and Space remain the companys core business, Denel Aerostructures is planning to grow its revenue base and increase orders in the commercial arena.
The company intends to become a Tier 1 supplier and deliver aircraft parts to most of the leading original equipment manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Superjet as well as super Tier 1 suppliers such as GKN Aerospace, Premium Aerotec, Sogerma and Spirit AeroSystems.
Given its high-tech capabilities, skills base and equipment Denel Aerostructures intends to also expand into other advanced manufacturing areas such as governments intended multi-billion overhaul of passenger rail rolling stock.
The technology used in the manufacturing of complex parts for aircraft can easily be adapted for the interiors of railway coaches. This will also be in line with Governments expectations that state-owned companies should share expertise and knowledge that will lead to greater efficiencies, skills development and job creation, in the domestic economy, says Dockrat.
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