Dubai South unveils plan for $55mn Suppliers Complex
Dubai South's aerospace ecosystem, Aviation District, has added another phase, a Suppliers Complex, to the development of its ‘Aerospace Supply Chain’, development.
The Dubai South Aerospace Supply Chain is a landside free zone development of multi-purpose buildings for businesses that are a part of the global aerospace supply chain which caters specifically for small to medium size enterprises in the global MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) sector, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).
The development is aligned with the Dubai Industrial strategy where the government has outlined 14 strategic initiatives to develop the aerospace cluster over the next 13 years.
The Dubai South Aviation district is divided into four business verticals: General Aviation which is home to the VIP Terminal, hangars, fuel farm, catering, ground handling, and helicopter operations, Maintenance and Technical Support which includes a paint shop, the MROs and the aerospace supply chain, a Commercial Strip which has retail and hotel accommodation and an exhibition area, and an Education and Training vertical that hosts the Emirates Flight Training Academy, simulators and different universities and vocational training institutes.
Aviation District’s investment plan until 2018 of $55mn includes two aerospace supply chain buildings and one suppliers complex, the report added.
The Aerospace Supply Chain has successfully completed the Supply Chain Building which was launched as the inaugural project by Aviation District earlier this year. The supply chain zone is already home to Lufthansa Technik, GE Aviation and AAI, Advance Aerospace Industry.
The Suppliers Complex is designed to allow for easy and quick start-up for aerospace companies.
The G+3 complex development will offer over 12,000 sqm. of light industrial space for companies providing support services such as fixed-based operations, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and supply of aircraft parts, chartering, freight forwarding and fleet management.
In comments carried by WAM, Tahnoon Saif, Vice President of Aviation at Dubai South, said: “The ‘Aerospace Supply Chain free zone at the Dubai South’s Aviation District is aligned with the vision of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the aviation capital of the world.
“We have earmarked a budget of $685mn up to 2018 for the development of maintenance, general aviation, training and education sectors.
“We will continue to offer opportunities for companies to strengthen and widen their base and provide sectoral knowhow in the aviation sector.
“The Aerospace Supply Chain will also provide sufficient opportunities in the areas of MRO, education, manufacturing, research and development and aerospace industries.”
Gartner: Women in supply chain at five-year high
Women now represent a greater percentage of the supply chain workforce than at any other point in at least the past five years, according to a recent Gartner survey.
The Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021, conducted by Gartner and Awesome, surveyed 223 supply chain organisations with more than $100m in annual revenue from February through to the end of March 2021.
- Women represent 2% more of supply chain workforce than in 2020
- Women now account for 42% of the workforce
- Number of women in exec-level positions declined by 2%
- Just 15% of top leadership are women (17% in 2020)
- 84% of organisations say COVID-19 did not impact efforts to advance women
It found that women now represent two per cent more of the supply chain workforce than in 2020, accounting for 42%, compared with 39% last year. Dana Stiffler, Vice President Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, says the impact of COVID-19 on supply chain was significant, though different to other sectors.
"Contrary to other industries, supply chain’s mission-criticality during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many sectors did not reduce their workforce, but rather continued to hire and even faced talent shortages, especially in the product supply chains," she said. "This resulted in many women not only standing their ground in supply chain organisations but increasing their representation in organisations. We also recorded a record number of specific commitments and supply chain-led actions and saw existing programs starting to pay off."
Supply chain still lacks women in executive leadership
But the elephant in the boardroom remains. Though the figures present a positive step towards greater diversity and gender equality at all levels, the number of women in executive level positions declined by two per cent in the past year. Women represent just 15% of the upper echelons of supply chain leadership. Gartner did however record a rise in women at all other levels of leadership.
The vast majority (84%) of organisations surveyed said the outbreak had no discernible impact on their ability to retain and advance women. But more than half (54%) admitted that retaining mid-career women was becoming increasingly difficult. A lack of career opportunities was cited as the biggest challenge to this, while other blamed a lack of development opportunities.
Despite these challenges, companies of all sizes are becoming broadly better at gender diversity. Around a third more said they had a targeted initiative focused on attracting women and advancing their careers.
Stiffler said a push towards measurable and formal initiatives is at least pointing in the right direction: “It's encouraging to see that the larger share of this jump was for more formal targets and specific goals on management scorecards. For these respondents, there is greater accountability for results — and we see the correlation with stronger representation and inclusion showing up in pipelines.”