Bengaluru: GE Aerospace has announced its Indian aero-engine supply chain this week. It, along with its Pune-based multi-modal manufacturing facility, has added 13 more companies to its list.
Indian companies are becoming globally competitive for a growing body of high-value, complex aero-engine manufacturing work. Marquee Indian companies including Tata Advanced Systems, Mahindra Aerostructure and Godrej have set up GE aero-engine component production lines. These components are exported from India to GE’s engine manufacturing facilities, said a statement.
Hindustan Aeronautics has established an assembly line for GE’s LM2500 marine engine that power India’s newest first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. These growing capabilities coincided with GE Aerospace’s increase in local sourcing spend, which has grown 20 times in the last five years.
GE Aerospace and its Indian partners are in the process of establishing the aero-engine manufacturing infrastructure in India. “Indian companies have a keen willingness to partner with GE Aerospace and to join the aero-engine marketplace. They have demonstrated the ability to master the complex manufacturing and special processes required for aero-engine manufacturing while simultaneously maintaining focus on quality,” said Youngje Kim, Vice President, Sales for Asia at GE’s military aviation division.
Skill development by GE Aerospace in India
To support its growing Indian aero-engine manufacturing industrial base, GE Aerospace is pursuing an aggressive skill development programme for manufacturing workforce in India. Over the past two years, this GE-funded programme trained more than 150 manufacturing staff at the various partner organisations, and these trained workers have been employed by several GE suppliers in India. “GE’s Indian skill development programme when combined with our growing Indian industrial base is a testament to our support of Make in India,” added Kim.
More than 1,000 of GE’s aviation researchers and engineers work in India and have deep connections with leading academic institutions, such as IIT-Madras, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Patna.
Supply chain partners of GE
GE’s supply chain partners in India include, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, Tata Advanced Materials Ltd, HAL Foundry & Forge, Mahindra Aerostructures Pvt Ltd, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Ltd, Tata Sikorsky Aerospace Ltd, Azad Engineering, Raghu Vamsi Pvt Ltd, Ankit Aerospace Pvt Ltd, Sundaram Fasteners, IndoMIM Tec Pvt Ltd, Maini Precision Products Pvt Ltd and Recaero.
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