On April 18, 2023, the international AIH Group, with roots in South Africa, officially opened its branch in World Trade Center Twente. The opening took place in the presence of AIH board members and representatives of World Trade Center Twente, Oost NL, NFIA, Twente Board, Municipality of Hengelo and Smart Tech NXT.
With 250 consultants, Pretoria-based AIH Group is a major player in the automotive, EV and logistic supply sector. With clients such as BMW, Mercedes, VinFast, VW, Mahindra and EV companies, they are value-added to East Netherlands when it comes to engineering assembly plants and converting plants from internal combustion engines to EV.
AIH already has a global office network with branches in Australia (Sydney), Slovakia (Bratislava), the United Kingdom (Oxford) and the United States (Dallas). Their branch in World Trade Center Twente in Hengelo will serve as the headquarters from which it will support the European, American and British markets.
AIH Group in the Netherlands
The establishment of AIH Group in the Netherlands is the result of the softlanding program of Oost NL and World Trade Center Twente with support from the NFIA, municipality of Hengelo and Twente Board. With the softlanding program, some 20 companies from South Africa, Australia, India, Estonia, United Kingdom, United States, Germany and Singapore have now successfully established themselves in World Trade Center Twente and East Netherlands. Operating from the city of Hengelo, AIH will gradually expand its operations in the Netherlands.
AIH Group has made several substantive connections with, among others, the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing and the Twente and Dutch business community around assembly and Electric Vehicles.