Transportation Cluster

Transportation Cluster

Automotive: With the world increasingly challenged by congested roads and polluted air, Israel’s ground-breaking automotive technologies are at the forefront of improving performance, efficiency, safety and cleanliness.  While Israel does not engage in large-scale vehicle manufacturing, more than 100 Israeli manufacturers supply systems, parts, modules and tooling to both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and to the secondary market. Originally established to support, among others, the security and aircraft industries, Israeli companies have successfully adapted relevant technologies that were utilized for the military to civilian uses and made themselves a prominent technology destination for the international automobile industry.Israel exports around $800 million worth of automotive parts and systems annually, many of which are utilized by leading manufacturers such as Daimler, Jaguar, BMW, VW, PSA, GM, MAN, International Truck & Engine, Renault-Nissan, Ford and Volvo as well as to Tier 1 suppliers such as: Delphi, Bosch, Valeo, Autoliv, Faurecia, Johnson Controls and Magna Styer.

Israel’s highly skilled workforce, strict compliance with international quality standards, sophisticated computerized logistics and advanced R&D capabilities and investments positions the country as a prime destination for outsourcing and development of new products to global vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. In the past few years Israel pioneered a number of breakthrough technologies including specialized materials, advanced electronics, communication systems, driver awareness systems, automotive IT and security.  As electronics become an increasingly significant part of the automotive industry, having risen in recent years from 15 to 35% of total car costs, Israel is well positioned to become a leader in this niche market.

Some of the companies that have developed these breakthrough technologies are MobilEye Vision Technologies, CogniTens, Raval Ltd, Nextec Technologies, TexoPlast, Raviv, ETV Motors and Tadir-Gan, to name a few.  In addition, the Israeli government has made a strategic decision to support the development of an infrastructure for mass transportation using electric vehicles, in cooperation with Better Placewhich aims to build an electric car network by the end of 2011.

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Aviation and Aerospace: Israel’s aviation and aerospace companies and manufacturers offer their customers a vast and flexible array of state-of-the-art products, devices, components and technologies for military and commercial purposes. These include the world’s most advanced UAVs and mini- UAVs, business jets, military and civil aircraft upgrade packages, precision castings, simulators, avionics, electro-optical and infrared sensors, C4I systems, space satellites, airborne reconnaissance platforms, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and more. Israel’s geopolitical situation has taught it to regard commercial air transportation as vital for the local economy. To assure sustainable mobility of people and goods, and to maintain international trade, Israel steadily invests in its advanced air transport infrastructure, and persistently seeks reliable, safe and economically viable solutions.

Another aspect of Israel’s place on the map is its reliance on indigenous space-deployed communication and information-gathering systems. To achieve this capability, Israel has joined the élite club of nations that launch their own satellites, using domestically designed and produced rockets.

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Aviation and Aerospace: Charleston in the Lowcountry of South Carolina is fast becoming known as a center for commercial aircraft manufacturing, with a focus on advanced composite materials, precision metal parts and systems integration.In fact, Boeing recently broke ground on its second 787 Dreamliner assembly operation on a 240-acre campus near the Charleston International Airport. This new facility will join two existing operations where thousands of Boeing employees currently perform fabrication, assembly and systems installation for the 787 aft and mid-body fuselage. Boeing expects to begin production in the new plant in 2011. Boeing is one of a growing number of manufacturers and suppliers drawn to Charleston by its unique combination of major port facilities, pro-business climate, skilled workforce and highly desirable lifestyle.Learn more about the Aerospace Cluster from our partners at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

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Automotive:The Automotive Cluster is one of South Carolina’s shining successes, with its anchor in the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, also known as CU-ICAR. South Carolina has differentiated itself by building this world-class research capability in the sate.

The cluster seeks to build greater breadth and depth in the South Carolina automotive cluster, and to continuously upgrade the quality of its business environment.

The U.S. Southeast has emerged as a key center of automotive activity, and Charleston is among the top location for the industry. The automotive industry’s primary functions are to design, manufacture and distribute transportation vehicles.  Suppliers in the lowcountry provide engine parts, electrical systems, seats and chassis components to auto assembly plants to name a few. The U.S. Southeast has emerged as a key center of automotive activity, and Charleston is among the top locations for the industry. Global players such as Robert Bosch, Cummins Engines and Daimler all have a presence here, and dozens of other operations are thriving and growing in the area.

Learn more about South Carolina’s target automotive industry in the Lowcountry from our partners at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

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