Thursday, 26 May 2011

The 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence at Waterkloof Base

The highly successful international biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibitions that has been staged at Air Force Base (AFB) Ysterplaat returns to its traditional base.

The 7th AAD will be returning to AFB Waterkloof Centurion, South Africa from 19 to 23 September 2012 as the exhibition venue for AAD 2012 and many more to come. Centurion is situated in heart of South Africa’s commercial region and is adjacent to two of the biggest cities in South Africa; Johannesburg and Pretoria. The trade exhibition is expected to have net sales of 13000m² indoor space and 15000m² outdoor spaces (Static Park).

The organisers of AAD 2012 aim to increase the record attendance of 13 000 trade visitors and 350 exhibitors who were at the previous show in Cape Town. The first three days 19, 20 and 21 September 2012, will be allocated to the trade only, completing this event with two public days over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012, featuring the largest international airs how in Africa .

The impressive exhibition will again be presented under the partnership between South Africa’s Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association (AMD), the Armament Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR) and the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) with full supports through the national Department of Defence and CAASA as the lead partner for the 7th AAD.

The organisers are fully aware that this change in venue could cause some discomfort for many of the stakeholders of AAD, particularly the Cape Town based exhibitors. Returning the show to Centurion, Pretoria has been seen as a positive move by many local and foreign exhibitors.  

The partners and organisers are confident that this move will add additional stimulus and new challenges to broaden the scope of this well-known event on the international civil aviation and defence exhibitions calendar.

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