At the JTC Aerospace Networking Night on 17 January 2018, Minister (Trade & Industry) Mr S Iswaran officially launched the Aerospace Industry Transformation Map and kicked off the Association’s 15th year anniversary. The evening’s celebrations also marked the 10th year of Seletar Aerospace Park, since the start of its construction.
During the event, AAIS also represented the industry to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with the five polytechnics, ITE and JTC on a new series of student outreach initiatives. These initiatives are expected to benefit some 1,500 students from the aerospace engineering courses annually. The first project will be the inaugural Aerospace Day @ SAP this April.
Speaking at the start of the occasion, Minister congratulated the Association on its 15th Anniversary, noting that “Over the past 15 years, AAIS has been active in the aerospace industry by organising student outreach events and by providing valuable inputs to government policies.” He added, “Industry associations like AAIS and Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (…) play a critical role as the voice of the aerospace industry and I would like to urge all of you to continue actively engaging the Government and companies to drive the ITM initiatives and to raise awareness among your members of the benefits of the ITM programmes.”
Minister also toured the exhibition area, which showcased the AAIS journey in the past 15 years, as well as new and upcoming activities to facilitate industry members in preparing for the future. AAIS President, Mr Philip Quek, said, “Even as we celebrate our past achievements, we are resolute in supporting the continuing growth and transformation of the Singapore aerospace community. We will be working closely with JTC to help more members embark on the digital transformation journey. Together with industry partners, we will continue to further Singapore as the region’s aerospace hub.”