Johannesburg, South Africa, October 29, 2007: AAMHatch announced the acquisition of AOC Geomatics at the Map Africa 2007 conference. AOC was formed in 1931 as the Aircraft Operating Company. With offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg AOC provides spatial information services throughout Africa.
In Africa, AAMHatch will continue to use the AOC brand. As the principal shareholder, AAMHatch brings global capabilities and resources to AOC. This ensures AOC has first access to all leading-edge spatial technologies. The AAMHatch group brings a culture of integrity, excellence and innovation to AOC.
“By bringing the experience of AOC into the AAMHatch Group we now have a permanent presence in one of the world’s fastest developing regions. This acquisition represents a long term investment in the sustainable development of the African content for the benefit of all”, says Brian Nicholls, AAMHatch’s General Manager. “This purchase continues our approach of investing in the best available people and mapping technologies to complement the wide range of existing geospatial products and expertise that we offer.”
AAMHatch’s partner in the purchase of AOC is TsaRona Investments. Through this partnership AAMHatch and TsaRona will ensure that AOC exceeds the South African Governments’ Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment requirements and achieves the objective of being Proudly Black Empowered. Thandi Chaane, TsaRona Director said, “We have joined with AAMHatch to invest in AOC to enhance and create new careers and employment opportunities for a whole new generation of South African spatial information professionals. We are firmly committed to the provision of accurate maps in order to help fast-track development in South Africa.”