First tenants sign up for Centurion Aerospace Village


The much maligned Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) developmentd looks to be back on track with two tenants committing to space in the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) supply chain development on the eastern side of AFB Waterkloof.

Aerosud Aviation and African NDT Centre committed to over 1 300 square metres of space in the high tech industrial park during a brief signing ceremony at the Aerospace Africa and Defence (AAD) exhibition at the air force base on Thursday.

CAV is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) established as an outcome of the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) Supply chain development programme.

The high-tech industrial park is focused on advanced manufacturing in the aero-mechanical and defence sectors. The cluster development is aimed at integrating sub-tier suppliers to local industry into the global supply chain.

CAV chief executive Lance Schultz said: “This is done by bringing aerospace and defence industry suppliers close to one another to reap benefits of lowered logistics costs as well as economies of scale through co-location and shared services.”

The CAV was designed to unlock the growth potential of the aerospace and defence sectors to support the objectives of the industry in a meaningful way.

Research done by the Democratic Alliance (DA) last year brought to light that R133 million was spent on CAV over a 12 year period with nothing to show for it in terms of either infrastructure or tenants.

This will change within the next three to four weeks when a start is made on bulk earthworks and services on the site.
“Our first tenants will take occupation in March,” Schultz said.

A number of development phases will see CAV metamorphose into a fully-fledged high-tech industrial park. The initial focus is on an almost 14ha landside phase followed by an airside phase for suppliers and service providers who need runway access.