SA firms crowd London for DSEi


No less than 17 South African defence companies are in London this week to exhibit under the auspices of the SA Department of Trade and Industry and Armscor at the DSEi 2009 international tri-service defence show.

Widely considered the world`s largest and most inclusive exhibitions, DSEi (Defence Services and Equipment International) opens at the Excel exhibition centre in London`s Docklands area tomorrow for a four-day run.

DSEi 2009 is the sixth in a very successful series of events. The last, in 2007, attracted 1400 exhibitors from some 38 countries.

A press release sent out by the organizers of next years` Africa Aerospace & Defence 2010 show, scheduled for Cape Town a year from now noted that SA “is exhibiting its indigenously developed state-of-the-art defence products and technologies in a national pavilion in Hall N1 at the Excel centre.”

It is not clear why AAD2010 and not Armscor, the DTI or the SA industry organisation issued the release.   

The SA Pavilion includes Cochrane Steel, Cypherix, Canvas and Tent, Carl Zeiss Optronics, Cornwall Hill, Denel, EDH, Reutech, Imperial Armour, Tellumat, Megaray, Milkor Manufacturing, Parsec, PI-Shurlock, Thorax and Truvelo.

Industry leaders in attendance include Armscor chairman Popo Molefe and chief executive Sipho Thomo as well as Denel chief executive Talib Sadik.

Simphiwe Hamilton, the executive director of South Africa`s aerospace, maritime and defence industries association (AMD) also launched the 11th edition of AMD`s SA Defence Industries Directory (SADID).

“As the name implies SADID is a compendium of defence products and systems from leading South African defence manufacturers and service providers with their contact details.This comprehensive directory continues to be a must-have database of local manufacturing capabilities,” the statement explains.