13.09.2016 - 17.09.2016 — Hall: 1.2 Stand: J 04
From its humble beginnings in April 2000, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has evolved into a leading implementation agency within government, having pioneered numerous world-first automotive projects and being the recipient of several business accolades.
The organisation operates as a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), an entity owned by Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development.
It was established as a government support centre to increase the local automotive industry’s global competitiveness and to promote Gauteng as the automotive industry investment destination of choice.
Having met all of these objectives, the AIDC prides itself as a world-class organisation which specialises in Skills Developments and Training, Enterprise Development, Incubation Programmes, Management of Incentive Programmes, and offers state-of-the-art manufacturing support facilities.
The AIDC has expedited economic growth within the automotive sector by partnering with key stakeholders such as industry leaders, government, and non-government agencies, amongst others.
The AIDC’s partnership with various OEMs and local government has resulted in the establishment of two Incubation Hubs in the province. Current Incubation programmes include the AIDC’s Automotive Incubation Centre at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) plant in Silverton and Winterveld Township Enterprise Hub: Automotive.
Plans are underway to build a second Automotive Incubation Centre at Nissan’s Rosslyn plant in 2015, and additional Township Enterprises in the province.
In July 2014, the AIDC launched the Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre in Rosslyn. The Learning Centre caters for the needs of industry in skills development and training.
The AIDC manages the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP), an automotive hub based in Rosslyn, housing various automotive component manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to OEMs including BMW, Nissan, Ford and Tata.
The AIDC has played a fundamental role in the roll-out of Total Productive Maintenance South Africa. The TPM programme supports companies to increase their competitiveness by achieving zero accidents, breakdowns, defects and losses within the manufacturing process.
The AIDC’s Enterprise Development Department (EDD) has also implemented a Lean Manufacturing Programme at various companies so that they can improve their quality, efficiency and competitiveness in the automotive industry.
A key drive for the AIDC is to promote Gauteng as an attractive automotive destination. Gauteng, although landlocked, is close to the northern borders of South Africa, making it an ideal gateway to sub-Saharan Africa.
Gauteng offers an excellent manufacturing base with access to various logistics corridors linking it to various distribution networks. It has a well-developed road, rail and air infrastructure for the efficient export and import of goods.
The AIDC understands that in order to become the catalyst for economic growth in the province, it requires the skills of the “best in the business”. The AIDC comprises of individuals who have extensive knowledge of the automotive sector.
The AIDC strives to make excellence at attitude whilst delivering world-class service and support to the automotive industry.
The AIDC strives to ensure that training and development programme are affected through its key training sites:
Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre (GALC) –which provides learnerships programmes to develop artisans as required by the OEMs and component manufacturers. It will act as an assessment centre for all trade qualifications; and it will offer a Learner Management System (LMS) which will be accessible to all learners and stakeholders.
The objectives of GALC and Skills Development are to:
address scarce and critical skills in the automotive sector,
build an NQF Level 3 and 4 talent pipeline programme within the automotive sector,
enhance trade and artisan development initiatives key to the success of the automotive industry through a collaborative process thus improving global competitiveness and improving local manufacturing,
Ford T6 Production and Production Simulator Facilities – Learners enhance their skills using a state-of-the-art simulator model at Ford, as well as the Learning Centre.
BBBEE Automotive Incubation Centres – BBBEE entrepreneurs hone their skills whilst supplying components directly to the OEMs production line. They are mentored during this period and graduate from the facility in 5-7 years.
Winterveld Enterprise Hub: Automotive – Artisans receive mentoring and training from Master Artisans located at the facility. It aims to develop Township enterprises. The SD&T Department also currently manages a “Turnkey Bursary Programme” to develop artisans on behalf of Siemens