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.
The AIDC prides itself as a world-class organisation which specialises in Skills Development and Training, Enterprise Development, Incubation Programmes, Management of Incentive Programmes, and offers state-of-the-art manufacturing support facilities.
The organisation has expedited economic growth within the automotive sector by partnering with key stakeholders such as industry leaders, government, and non-government agencies, among 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 the Winterveld Township Enterprise Hub: Automotive in Winterveld.
Plans are underway to build a second Automotive Incubation Centre which will be built within Nissan’s Rosslyn plant in 2016, and additional Township Enterprises in the Province.
In June 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, Iveco and Tata.
The AIDC has also played a fundamental role in the roll-out of Total Productive Maintenance within South Africa.
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 strives to make excellence an attitude whilst delivering world-class service and support to the automotive industry.