Research and development incentives

Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS)


The AIS makes targeted grants to support the growth and development of the automotive sector. It rewards investment in new and/or replacement models and components that will increase plant production volumes, sustain employment and/or strengthen the automotive value chain.


Light motor vehicle or component manufacturers that are investing in their productive capacity. Contributions to the tooling industry and to own R&D activity, enhance the benefit.


The AIS provides for a grant of twenty to thirty percent (20-30%) of the value of qualifying investment in productive assets, as approved by the dti.

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Implementing Agency

The Department of Trade & Industry


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Ms. Anna Theron

Tel: +27 (12) 394 1094

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Website: Financial Assistance (Incentives)