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Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt Ltd (AAI) Delivers First Batch of Aircraft Structural Assemblies to Saab
BELGAUM: Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt Ltd (AAI), has delivered its first batch of Aircraft Structural Assemblies to Saab. The assemblies are for the Airbus A380 program. The first batch of assemblies has been successfully delivered within just four months of inauguration of the Greenfield facility . These assemblies will be delivered by Saab to Airbus as part of a larger assembly. AAI is a joint venture company of QuEST Global Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. and Saab AB, incorporated in Feb 2013.
Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt Ltd (AAI), has rolled out the first batch of A380 structural assemblies on 21st February, 2014 from their facility in Belgaum. The assemblies will be delivered to Saab, Linkoping (Sweden). Saab would in turn deliver the assemblies to Airbus, Filton (UK). These assemblies are part of the mid and outer leading edge (wing section) of the A380 aircraft, developed and produced by Saab. The manufacturing processes associated with these assemblies are classified as “Special Processes” and only Airbus approved suppliers are authorized to manufacture these parts.
Airbus specifies strict requirements for the assembly processes involved. In order to fulfill these requirements AAI has defined detailed work instructions & inspection guidelines and set up a robust manufacturing system to enable the manufacturing of these assemblies. The Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Production Operators and Quality Inspectors involved in the manufacturing of these products have undergone rigorous training for over 6 months, including 3 months at Saab’s facility in Sweden. AAI secured Airbus Process Qualification Approval in January 2014.
Lars Jensen, Managing Director of Saab’s business unit Aerostructures said, “after one and half year of industrious work from the Saab, QuEST and foremost the AAI team, we are proud to see the first parts being shipped to our assembly line in Sweden. This partnership in India will provide additional resources for us in order to cope with the increasing production rates. We are convinced that this cost-efficient assembly shop will be a valuable supplier to the aerospace
SQuAD Forging announces the arrival of its 10,000 ton capacity aerospace hydraulic forging press at its manufacturing facility in Aequs SEZ (special economic zone) at Belgaum, India. This closed die hydraulically operated hot forging press is the largest of its kind in India and will be used to forge large airplane components and parts such as landing gears and various actuation and structural parts.
SQuAD Forging India Pvt Ltd, a tripartite joint venture between Setforge, Aequs, and Aubert & Duval, specializes in aerospace forging and supplies parts to several global aerospace customers.
The new 10,000 ton press, which is expected to enter production by September 2014, can forge Aluminum, Steel & Titanium parts up to 400 kg.
Speaking on the significance of the new press, Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & CEO of Aequs said: “The 10,000 ton press significantly scales up SQuAD’s ability to manufacture parts for the global aerospace industry. Currently, aerospace customers have to source such parts from Europe and USA since no Indian company has the capability.”
The 10,000 ton press was transported from Mumbai Port to Belgaum SEZ via road over 6 days. The technical support from Setforge and Aubert & Duval associated to the local assistance of Aequs has made the project successful.
SQuAD is strategically located at Aequs SEZ, India’s first Aerospace focused precision engineering SEZ. The SEZ hosts companies specialising in precision machining, aerostructure assembly and special processing. The presence of these companies in one location creates a manufacturing ecosystem and significantly cuts cycle time and transportation costs in the supply chain.
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...-aerospace-outsourcing-hub/article6089938.eceBANGALORE, JUNE 6:
A 10-member delegation from the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) visited Aequs SEZ in Belgaum, Karnataka.
Aravind Melligeri, Chairman and CEO of Aequs said the delegation, headed by Rabindra Srikantan, Chairman IACC, toured the facilities and held discussions on the capabilities, investment benefits and tax exemptions in the SEZ.
The 250-acre Aequs SEZ, the country’s first precision engineering special economic zone, is an integrated aerospace manufacturing ecosystem that houses several interrelated capabilities that are either unavailable in India or difficult to come by.
In addition to the Aequs manufacturing facilities, Aequs SEZ hosts Aerospace Processing India, a joint-venture between Aequs and Magellan Aerospace of Canada; SQuAD Forging India, a joint-venture between Aequs, Setforge and Albert & Duval of France; and Aerostructures Assemblies India, a joint-venture between Aequs and Saab AB of Sweden.
Such global partnerships have helped Aequs to supply components, parts, and sub-assemblies to global aerospace majors. Aequs is among the first Indian private sector players to supply parts to both Airbus and Boeing.
Melligeri, said “The ability to offer full sub-systems or assemblies to global aerospace entities is a vital factor in turning India into a major aerospace outsourcing hub.
By creating the right infrastructure with a well-trained talent pool, it is possible for India to position itself as a leading global aerospace hub with a low-cost advantage.”
Explaining the visit and discussions, Rabindra Srikantan said, “Aerospace and defence manufacturing and service industry has come of age in India. IACC formed an Aerospace & Defence Forum in 2011 and we have been actively encouraging Indo-US collaboration to further growth in this sector. Several US aerospace majors are looking towards India. There is a growing base for manufacturing several aircraft components such as aircraft doors, landing gears, window glass and cables from India.”
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/409189/nal-instrument-facilitate-safety-civilian.htmlNew Delhi, May 23, 2014, DHNS:
The B'lore-based tech lab's device guides pilots in thick fog. DHNS
An indigenous instrument that will guide pilots of commercial aircraft on runway visibility in dense fog conditions is likely to be installed at 70 airports across the country, saving crores of rupees in foreign exchange.
Developed by researchers at National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, the “Drishti” system challenges the monopoly of a handful of foreign companies that charge exorbitantly to install similar systems in Indian airports.
Seven of these indigenous systems are working at Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow international airports for the last three years. Delhi airport has five of these instruments that worked well in severe fog conditions.
“Our system costs one-third of the price of imported instruments,” V Shubha, chief scientist at the material science division of NAL, who spearheaded the project, told Deccan Herald.
NAL on Thursday signed an agreement with Indian Meteorological Department to install 70 such systems at Indian airports within the next three years. While NAL will produce the “Drishti” instruments, IMD's responsibility includes procuring and certifying the systems and arranging the communication links. Each indigenous system would cost approximately Rs 25 lakh.
Called “transmissometer”, the instrument will automatically check the runway visibility every 10 seconds and feed the information to the Air Traffic Control, which in turn will inform the pilots. It is suitable for all categories of airports with CAT I, II, III A and B instrument landing system.
Even though having this instrument is mandatory for all airports as per the International Civil Aviation Organisation and World Meteorological Organisation norms, there is no Indian system currently available in the market. Imported instruments from Finland and Australia cost much higher.
The NAL system operates within a broad range varying from the lowest (less than 25 mt) to the highest visibility (more than 2000 meters) aiding pilots for safe landing and take-off. In December 2011, the system worked perfectly for 10 consecutive days at Delhi airport, engulfed by a thick cover of fog.
“Drishti” uses a high-technology lamp and a photo-detector in its core. In case of fog, the light transmitted to the detector is cut off and the intensity of the light goes down. “From that information, it can calculate the runaway visibility range,” Shubha said.
“By this winter, the Airport Authority of India wants to make five more airport around Delhi CAT-IIIB compliant. They include Lucknow, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. All of them will have this instrument. For CAT-III landing system, each runway should have three Drishti systems, which we will produce,” NAL Director Shyam Chetty told Deccan Herald.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Gokul Chandra Pati, Secretary, Defence Production visited Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) Bangalore facilities and reviewed the on-going project activities here on Sunday.
The high-profile visit covered Hawk manufacturing and overhaul facilities, Mirage, Jaguar overhaul/upgrade facilities and new LCA Tejas Division. Later, Mr. Pati inaugurated the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) transmission test facilities building at RWRDC and reviewed the manufacturing facilities at the Aerospace Division.
“This visit is important to us considering that we all – the Defence Production (MOD) and HAL - have been working on key defence projects. We together will continue to play a big role in India’s defence preparedness,” the Air Chief was quoted as saying.
R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL and Directors of the Company interacted with the Air Chief Marshal and the Secretary.
The Air Chief Marshal also visited the 26 equipment depots in the city, including the logistics storage sites, the technical and administrative headquarters, the newly commissioned Castellino courier lounge and the Integrated Material Management Online Systems (IMMOLS) server room.
He remarked on the maintenance of the Jaguar, Kiran and Chetak/Cheetah aircrafts and the preparatory steps taken for the storage and servicing of equipment pertaining to Mirage upgrade and LCA projects.
He also interacted with the depot personnel, outlining to them his vision for transforming the IAF into a strategic power with full spectrum capability.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-pape...s-to-industries-department/article6181927.eceMinister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra has said a decision will be taken in the next Cabinet meeting to transfer 13,700 acres of land, including gomala land, revenue land, forest land, ‘shendi vana’ and wasteland, to the Industries Department.
He told presspersons here on Saturday that all government land, including gomala land and forestland, in a place declared as industrial area would be transferred to the Industries Department.
The Minister said 610 acres of government land would be given to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. at the rate of Rs. 1 lakh an acre to establish a helicopter unit at Bidarehallakaval in Gubbi taluk of the district.
HAL had earlier requested the government to give the land free of cost. The rate was arrived at in a meeting held by the Chief Secretary, he said.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...power-up-RD-in-India/articleshow/37522299.cmsBANGALORE: Rolls-Royce, best known for its engines that power civil and military aircraft around the world, is looking to scale up its research-and-development operations in India with the addition of a captive unit. Bangalore — which already houses R&D units of Boeing and Airbus, and others like Mercedes-Benz — is among the top contenders for the centre, which would complement Rolls-Royce's outsourced pool of 950 engineers.
Rolls-Royce operates two engineering centres in Bangalore along with Quest and TCS, which were established in 2005 and 2010, respectively.
"We currently have a good relationship with two Indian companies — TCS and Quest — who supply us with contract R&D services. We are slowly up-skilling these teams. Now, we have advanced plans to move into the next phase of growth in what we do in R&D through our own operations," said Paul Stein, chief scientific officer of RollsRoyce who was in Bangalore.
While the Quest centre supports the delivery of Rolls-Royce's exclusive engineering solutions, the TCS centre provides engineering solutions and services for product development.
Both centres concentrate on the company's civil aerospace business, with a small amount of work being done for its marine business. The company is looking to add resources that could work on its other businesses, including civil nuclear technology and power systems for the industrial and energy sector.
Stein, who spoke exclusively to TOI, said that India had a massive talent pool to fish from. "We are looking to grow capability not just in IT, but in aerospace as well," he said. And added, "At some stage in the future we may do more fundamental research here."
Kishore Jayaraman, president of Rolls-Royce India, said like many other global companies their ultimate goal was to generate IPs (intellectual property) out of India.
"We are in R&D today, but we can develop that into systems, bigger packages, serving bigger development needs that might be into futuristic technology. That's the direction we are thinking about and that's the direction we are moving in," said Jayaraman.
In India, more than 750 Rolls-Royce engines of 10 different engine types power Indian military aircraft.
The company's Trent 700 engines power the Airbus A330 aircraft used by Jet Airways for their long-haul operations. Rolls-Royce also has a 50:50 partnership with HAL to manufacture components for its Trent family of engines.
"I would love to see India become an aerospace hub, particular in this area in Bangalore," said Stein.
http://nvonews.com/bahrain-asks-hal-to-maintain-its-hawk-fleet/Bangalore, July 16 (IANS) Bahrain has asked the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to maintain the advanced jet trainer Hawk fleet of its air force.
“Bahrain’s transport minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, who also looks after his country’s defence, urged our chairman R.K. Tyagi to provide technical support to the British-made jet trainer at a meeting in London,” the company said in a statement here Wednesday.
The Indian defence behemoth is participating in the week-long Farnborough international air show being held in London since Monday to showcase its technologies and products for marketing and partnerships.
“Without HAL’s participation, our air shows are incomplete. Indian defence firms like HAL can offer a lot to the Gulf Cooperation Council and Bahrain in meeting our needs,” Mohamed said on the occasion.
The city-based HAL participated in the Bahrain air show, held at Manama Jan 16-18 this year, and explored the areas of cooperation with the island country.
Bahrain also participated in the Defexpo 2014 held in New Delhi Feb 6-9.
HAL manufactures Hawk under production licence from BAE Systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF), which uses the jet for advance training of its rookie pilots.
The Hawk fleet is based at IAF’s Bidar station in north Karnataka, about 700 km from Bangalore.
http://www.mydigitalfc.com/news/eaton-plans-localise-manufacturing-india-644The Indian arm of Eaton Corporation, a $22 billion global power management company, has plans to completely localise manufacturing in India as government prepares to make India the manufacturing hub for defence products and technologies.
Nitin Chalke, managing director of Eaton India told Financial Chronicle localisation has been Eaton's key strategy to grow globally. "Earlier we were importing lots of raw material for our products but after the increase in capacity we are now focusing on completely localising production -- even the testing and sourcing is now being done in India. We believe it would act as a lever for growth as well as employment generation, and would be in sync with the new government's focus on making India a manufacturing hub," said Chalke.
Eaton, operating in the field of aviation, automotive, electricals, and hydraulics has a target of $550 million or Rs 3,300 crore from the Indian operations for calendar year 2015. It also plans greenfield expansion at the Puducherry plant and brownfield expansion at the Chennai plant, which were earlier part of Cooper Industries, later acquired by Eaton, in a $13 billion deal in 2012.
“We are integrating our plants by shifting the contract manufacturing plant in Delhi to Puducherry, while there would be a greenfield expansion for electrical distribution products along with manufacture of products in the oil and gas segment. The focus would be on localisation of production that would meet the regional requirements and match local demand. Some of these products would be scaleable in nature and can be taken and developed outside India as well,” said Chalke.
Eaton India sees a turnaround in operations in some of the verticals it operates in such as aviation, automotive and electrical products, with positive impact on manufacturing units that also export to other countries.
The commercial automotive division that has been operating below capacity due to slowdown in the last couple of years is expected to see a revival. Even the aviation segment presents strong opportunities under the offset requirements of Defence Acquisition Procedures (DAP 2013) and maintenance and repair operations (MRO) required in the aerospace segment. “We work closely with original equipment manufacturers and expect some projects from there to come to us and in MRO space especially from OEMs operating in and around Nagpur, Belgaum and Bangalore in the aerospace segment,” Chalke.
The company is also bullish on the new metro and hydropower projects where they have won contracts. “We have won contracts for UPS for 66 stations of the Hyderabad Metro and have also qualified for the Kochi and Jaipur Metro projects. The opportunities are not limited to India alone as similar and big projects are happening in Middle East countries. The Riyadh Metro project won by L&T would also soon invite tenders for electrical contracts. The products are all manufactured and supplied from Indian units, said Chalke.
Chalke believes Eaton's diversification into various product cycles and geographies has helped the company to mitigate the effect of slowdown. When the general utilisation of capacities goes down, we depend on scaleable products that can be exported to countries that demand them. Besides, we have insourcing of products which are manufactured only to be exported especially in the electricals and aviation sector.
http://www.livemint.com/Companies/9...nologies-becomes-Airbuss-Tier-I-supplier.htmlThe contract makes Dynamatic Technologies the first company in the Indian private sector to become a global Tier I supplier to Airbus. Bangalore-based Dynamatic Technologies Ltd has secured a contract to supply Toulouse-based plane maker Airbus SAS with flap track beams for long-range aircraft variants belonging to the Airbus A330 family.
This contract makes Dynamatic Technologies the first company in the Indian private sector to become a global Tier I supplier to Airbus.
The flaps on the wings, which are instrumental in controlling the speed, direction and balance of the aircraft, move along high-tech guide rails known as flap track beams. These flap track beams are so-called “Class 1 Flight Critical Assemblies” that are connected to the wings. Dynamatic Technologies will supply four out of five flap track beams used on every A330 aircraft wing.
The Indian company has been producing flap track beam assemblies for the Airbus single aisle (Airbus A320) aircraft family on a global single source basis since 2008 as a Tier II supplier to Airbus.
Tier I would mean Dynamatic Technologies would now directly supply beams to Airbus, becoming the first private company to do so.
On 12 March, Srinivasan Dwarakanath, chief executive officer of Airbus India, had said that Dynamatics had delivered around 10,500 beams till date.
“The long range flap track beam order is a significant milestone and validates our ability to deliver high quality work in aeronautic manufacturing” said Udayant Malhoutra, chief executive officer and managing director, Dynamatic Technologies. Malhoutra did not disclose the value of the contract.
“This contract will enable the company to supply roughly 600 beams a year from 475 beams at present. Currently, the aerospace vertical is earning Rs215 crore and with this contract we are aiming to touch Rs360 crore in 24 months and Rs500 crore in 36 months,” he said in a telephone interview.
Dwarakanath of Airbus India said his company is working with various Indian technology companies to source components from India.
To be sure, it is not just Airbus that is trying to localize component sourcing. General Electric Co. (GE) of the US is also setting up a multi-modular manufacturing facility in Pune envisaging an investment of $200 million.
“Though it is premature to make a statement that we would be manufacturing a complete aircraft engine here in Pune, we would be certainly making critical parts from this facility. Key parts of all types of aircraft engines are going to be built from this facility,” said Nalin Jain, president and chief executive officer (South Asia) at GE’s transportation/aviation unit.
Jain said this would be a multipurpose facility producing components of aircraft engines, gas turbines, compressors for the oil and gas industry, wind turbine generators and diesel engines for locomotives. “We are in the process of deciding how we play manufacturing in India,” Jain said.
GE’s Indian unit is setting up the facility at the Chakan industrial area near Pune over 68 acres. The firm currently has a research and development centre in Bangalore that employs more than 4,000 scientists, researchers and engineers.
The US-based aircraft engine maker Pratt and Whitney Inc. is also sourcing materials from India. “We are evaluating manufacturing components in India in future. As of now, nothing has been finalized,” said Palash Roy Chowdhury, managing director (India) of Pratt and Whitney.
Chowdhury said his company is working with Indian companies such as Infotech Enterprises Ltd and Aequs (formerly QuEST Global Manufacturing), besides 1,500 engineers conducting high-end research for Pratt and Whitney on different aircraft engines.
Chowdhury added that his company is also closely working with the Tata Group to make helicopter cabins and partnering with institutions such as Indian Institutes of Management for research.
Plane maker The Boeing Co. of the US is also tying up with Indian companies to source components from India
Another belgaum based aerospace company doing good job :cheers:It was a very proud moment for Servocontrols Belgaum, at the indigenous strategic partners meet on Light Combat Aircraft organized by Aircraft research & design center and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd on Monday 11th August 2014 at Dr VM Ghatge Memorial Center Bangalore.
Servocontrols contribution and work was recognized and identified as one of the pioneer partner out of 39 partners in developing LCAs 1st Flight successfully and was felicitated by the hands of Shri Avinash Chandar –Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri in the presence of Mr. R K Tyagi – Chairman HAL, Mr. Tamilmani – Director General ( Aero ), Mr. Subramanian – Program Director – LCA (ADA). Mr NP Shrinivas in the absence of Mr.Dinesh Dhadute receiving the memento.
Speaking to AAB, Dinesh Dhadute of Servocontrols said “It is indeed a great honor for all of us at Servocontrols Udyambag Belgaum. Getting recognized is as important developing new technology and implementing it. We at Servocontrols will take this as a moral booster to develop and design better products in the years to come in the field of aerospace technology.”
Today Servocontrols is in the inimitable position to offer the position sensors these position sensors are successfully used by various hydraulic companies across the world. They also manufacture hydraulic actuators with inbuilt position sensors used in civil aircrafts. They also supply level sensors for petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, biomedical, specialty chemical along with respective controllers & software. Simulators for aircraft flying. Servocontrols is one of its kind facilities India to assemble, test, qualify and evaluate the servo valves. The company has the right combination of proven system architecture & high tech innovations that make it a leading company in the field of aerospace requirements.
The new Servocontrols Aerospace India Pvt. Ltd., 60,000Sq.Ft. modern manufacturing facility in 12 acres land is getting ready near Hattargi.
In a move to boost the fledgling defence manufacturing industry, the Narendra Modi government has decided not to buy Light Utility Helicopters from foreign manufacturers and instead, get them made in India.
Sources told NDTV the government has decided to cancel the global tender to procure the helicopters and has asked the Indian industry to step in. The move, which could result in business worth Rs. 40,000 crore for the Indian industry, is in line with the Prime Minister's "Make in India" mantra. It also marks a shift in the country's defence equipment procurement policy - the new focus being "Buy from India".
Currently the Army and the Air Force use the vintage Cheeta and Chetak helicopters for reconnaissance, rescue and casualty evacuation. At least 197 helicopters will be required to replace the aging fleet.
At least three Indian business giants - Tata, Reliance and Mahindra - have taken the initial steps to open military hardware production facilities in India. The Union Home Ministry is understood to have cleared a proposal from the Tata Group to produce helicopters in India.
India is one of the biggest arms importers in the world and spends as much as 2 per cent of its GDP to purchase weapons from foreign companies. The decision to make the LUH here will give Indian firms assured orders and provide incentive for investing in research and development.
The flipside is that the military will have to wait at least five years for the choppers. The government has also cleared the purchase of integrated anti-submarine suits for 11 frontline warships.
Although the Navy has been steadily adding warships to its fleet, these are vulnerable to submarine attacks since they do not have the Active Towed Array Sonar, or ATAS. Attached to the rear of ships, the ATAS is the key weapon to detect submarines.
The instrument, which is now being developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation, is likely to cost the exchequer Rs. 1,770 crore.
Besides, in a carefully calibrated move to send a signal to the United States prior to the Prime Minister's scheduled visit in September, the Centre also cleared the purchase of 15 Chinook and 22 Apache attack helicopters from the US at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion.
The Centre also cleared the long-awaited mid-life upgrade of the six submarines, which would be carried out in Indian shipyards and is likely to cost a whopping Rs. 4,800 crore.
Nagaraj Tuppad, Belgaum, Sep 24, 2014, DHNS
It was a proud moment for the city on Wednesday as a company based here was part of the successful Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). The Servo Controls Aerospace India Private Limited (SCAIPL) provided the most crucial position sensors for MOM.
SCAIPL, a company which manufactures valves for civil aircraft is a key supplier to the aerospace and defence sectors. It is a prominent vendor for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Speaking to Deccan Herald, SCAIPL Managing Director Deepak Dhadoti said that the position sensors help in sensing the position of the satellite and put it into the orbit. “Insertion is a crucial phenomenon and India succeeded in putting the satellite in the orbit around Mars.”
Dhadoti said, “The position sensor is manufactured in collaboration with First Mark Aerospace, USA. The component was indigenously developed in Belgaum. Position sensors have cryogenic application to work at extremely low temperature of less than -200 degree Centigrade.”
“The company has provided 35 units of position sensors, which cost nearly Rs 5 lakh for the MOM. Similar sensors were provided for the earlier Chandrayaan mission,” he added.
As part of its future plan, SCAIPL is contemplating to manufacture the hydraulic actuation system of the fuel measuring system in rockets. Absence of such a system resulted in the failure of the Mars mission undertaken by Japan, he said.
The Mars mission intends to find the presence of methane, a vital element which helps reveal the existence of life on the Red Planet. The goal of such space missions is also to explore fuel deposits and the possibilities of transporting such fuel to earth amidst growing concern over depletion of fossil fuels, he stated.