(Pretoria) – Keeping military and civilian trade secrets under wraps will, quite literally, be the job of one supplier when Africa’s biggest aerospace and defence exhibition show takes off at Waterkloof Air Force Base in September.
The five-day Africa Aerospace and Defence – a biennial showcase now in its ninth edition – starts on September 14 and will showcase the latest land, sea and air technologies and capabilities from a range of global players.
While multi-million dollar deals will be put in motion during this flagship trade exhibition and air show, Rhino Intercept Africa is expected to play a critical role in providing corrosion protection to preserve the costly investments as they are stored and transported worldwide.
According to Rhino Intercept director Brendan Kelly, the patented Intercept Technology was first developed in 1984 by Lucent in the United States of America, where it was used to restore and protect the outer hull of the Statue of Liberty.
“The Intercept material looks like a plastic material, but is made of high surface area copper particles that are permanently bonded into a polymer compound. When a product is wrapped in Intercept, the material sets to work by permanently reacting with and neutralising corrosive gases to create a clean atmosphere or micro-environment.”
Kelly said the Rhino Group was the sole agent for the Intercept range of products in Africa, and that it was widely used as a turn-key solution for medium to long-term corrosion protection within the automotive, mining, oil and gas, construction and aviation industries.
Due to the nature of the industries involved, much of their work was highly confidential, he said.
“It is certainly widely used for military applications and in all cases the products being protected remain in perfect condition, without showing any signs of corrosion, ageing or damage related to electrostatic discharge.”
Corrosion Intercept protects all ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys, electronic components, plastics and organic materials for up to 10 years or more.
For more information, visit the Rhino Intercept Africa stand (3E14) in Hangar 3 between September 14 and 18 or online at www.rhinogroupsa.co.za.
Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) was born from the Aerospace Africa civilian exhibition (the roots of which lay in the original Lanseria air show in 1975) and the DEXSA military exhibition.
The first in the series of aviation exhibitions, which later became known as Aviation Africa and now Africa Aerospace & Defence, took place at Lanseria Airport in October 1975. The event was initiated by the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) and World Airnews and held at the very new Lanseria Airport north of Johannesburg.
The event offered companies the opportunity to showcase their products inside the indoor exhibition area, book hospitality chalets and display their aircraft in the static aircraft park and on the public days offered members of the general public the opportunity to view an international air show.In 1998 the two trade associations – the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) and the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of South (AMD) – joined in organising Aerospace Africa. As was said at the time, “Since the first Aviation Africa in 1975, the exhibition has undergone many changes, from a local aero-display and trade show, operating from a small airport 22 years ago, Aviation Africa, under the auspices of the CAASA, has grown to a fully recognised international aerospace exhibition catering for all of the sub-Saharan aviation and aerospace requirements. “After AMD’s success in organising SAAF ’75 Expo, as part of the South African Air Force’s 75th anniversary celebrations in 1995, there was a growing request for further military trade exhibits and an air show. A joint venture between CAASA and AMD was therefore a natural progression.”
The name changed to Aerospace Africa, the venue to AFB Waterkloof and the amalgamation with AMD incorporated a greater military influence. This grew the number of exhibitors to 254 representing 21 countries.