AAD is a window on the defence sector and an economic contributor


The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition is acknowledged as the continent’s premier defence related exhibition and next September AFB Waterkloof will host the eighth event.

With 279 days to go, as of today, before AAD 2014 opens its doors for business, a study commissioned by the organisers has confirmed it has a “a significant positive impact” on particularly the Tshwane metro area of Gauteng.

The economic impact assessment (EIA) for AAD 2012 was conducted by GOPA Group SA and found R200 million was generated in the economy through visitors to AAD as well as expenditure related to hosting the event and exhibition stands.

It found total turnover from AAD 2012 to be R685 million spread across accommodation, food, construction, business services, transport, furniture and the retail trade.
“Economic output generated by AAD broadened South Africa’s tax base by more than R55 million,” Dr Roelof Botha of GOPA Group SA said. He did not divulge figures in terms of business done at the 2012 event other than to say “a substantial amount” of it was procured by exhibitors.

More than 300 exhibitors, including some top international defence and security companies, were present at the Centurion air force base in September 2012.

Over 130 000 people attended last year’s four day event, split over three trade days and a two day airshow.
“AAD allows for a great degree of comprehensive information sharing on aviation matters and the biannual exhibition has become a showcase for South Africa’s diversified and sophisticated aviation sector,” Botha said.

AAD is managed under the auspices of a longstanding partnership between the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD), Armscor, the Commercial Aviation Association of SA and the Department of Defence. AMD is host for next year’s AAD, which open its doors for business on September 17 and ends with the final touchdown of aircraft taking part in the airshow on Sunday, September 21.