Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

New synergies promote growth [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

In the world of sophisticated manufacturing, it often helps to bring synergies to the table, writes Sam J Basch. South African company Parsec (Hall 5, Stand W7), a trusted supplier of innovative electronic technology for more than 20 years, is now broadening its scope, especially in defence and aerospace, with its linkage to the Ansys group.

“While still focused on our core capabilities of advanced design and manufacturing, and remaining a certified software developer, Parsec now offers turnkey integrated solutions,” said Tobie van Loggerenberg, business development director.

He noted that Parsec was involved in several key programmes, ranging from the Rooivalk attack helicopter, Mokopa anti-armour missile and South Africa’s GBADS, to optical helmet-mounted tracking systems for Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters.

“Being an original design manufacturer, with a worldwide client base, Parsec prides itself on ISO-certified project management and professional system engineering processes,” said Van Loggerenberg. His views are supported by the Ansys group’s strong financial performance for the year to March 2016. Revenue in the defence and information security segment grew by more than 800 per cent. The consolidation of the Parsec and Ansys defence businesses in 2015 enabled the group to reduce costs, exploit synergies and extend market reach.

“We believe the business benefited significantly from exports,” said Van Loggerenberg. “Our high-security encryption solutions are increasingly employed by governments and business enterprises for secure communication over public networks and for the digital signing of documents and files.”

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