TVS Lo­gis­tics to help trans­form de­fence sup­ply chain

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The multi bil­lion-dol­lar In­dian aero­space and de­fence (A&D) sec­tor is a fo­cus mar­ket for many In­dian and global com­pa­nies look­ing to in­vest and op­er­ate here. This year the De­fence Expo held in Chen­nai, in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, saw great en­thu­si­asm and par­tic­i­pa­tion from both in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment.

The 10th edi­tion of the biennial event was pro­jected as the first se­ri­ous at­tempt to trans­form In­dia into a hub of mil­i­tary man­u­fac­tur­ing and pur­sue its goal of achiev­ing a turnover of Rs 170,000 crore in mil­i­tary goods and ser­vices by 2025. The live demo by the 3 In­dian armed forces dis­play­ing their prow­ess with in­dige­nous sys­tems, vin­di­cated what In­dia is ca­pa­ble of. TVS Lo­gis­tics Ser­vices Ltd, part of the US$7 bil­lion TVS Group, was among the few In­dian lo­gis­tics MNCs that par­tic­i­pated in this event.

Dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral speech, Prime Min­is­ter Modi men­tioned about the sig­nif­i­cance of pri­ori­tis­ing de­fence pre­pared­ness and re­it­er­ated the ur­gency of In­dia’s quest to be­come a ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing hub. To achieve this, he em­pha­sised on the ef­fi­ciency of sup­ply chain as the key fac­tor. The strate­gic im­per­a­tive to Make in In­dia, to Make for In­dia and to sup­ply to the world from In­dia was also high­lighted. His speech elu­ci­dated var­i­ous other ini­tia­tives taken in the de­fence sec­tor in­clud­ing sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of SOPs for is­sue of ex­port au­tho­ri­sa­tions, small and medium sec­tor’s con­tri­bu­tion to­wards de­fence pro­duc­tion which grew by 200%, the launch of IDEX (In­no­va­tion for De­fence Ex­cel­lence) across the coun­try, and pro­cure­ment of 110 new fighter air­crafts.

De­fence Min­is­ter, Nir­mala Sithara­man stated that de­fence pro­duc­tion is the heart of the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. Tamil Nadu Chief Min­is­ter, E K Palaniswami, added that the state is pre­par­ing for the launch of 250 acres for the Aero De­fence park. Chief of Army staff, Gen­eral Bipin Rawat, said that the In­dian Army work­shops across the coun­try would be opened up for those want­ing to see what is hap­pen­ing.

TVS Lo­gis­tics (through its UK Sub­sidiary TVS SCS) has a 13-year con­tract worth $6 bil­lion with the UK Min­istry of De­fence. As part of the lo­gis­tics trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tive to out­source non­war com­modi­ties and ser­vices, TVS Lo­gis­tics has com­mit­ted a sav­ing of US $ 650 mil­lion (Rs 4200 crore) over the pe­riod of the con­tract. TVS SCS also man­ages mul­ti­ple con­tracts for in­ven­tory man­age­ment and ob­so­les­cence man­age­ment for ar­moured ve­hi­cles fleet, land rover fleet and con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles.

Be­ing an In­dian com­pany with an ex­per­tise in the de­fence do­main, TVS Lo­gis­tics can of­fer its global best prac­tices to the In­dian Armed Forces as part of trans­for­ma­tional projects. Through their pro­pri­etary IT plat­form, Msys, they have proven abil­ity in han­dling de­fence sup­ply chains and can re­duce the cost of in­ven­tory own­er­ship by sim­pli­fy­ing sourc­ing, pro­cure­ment, de­liv­ery and man­age­ment of de­fence com­modi­ties and spare parts.

Global de­fence com­pa­nies are sup­port­ing the ‘Make in In­dia’ in­di­geni­sa­tion ef­fort, and TVS Lo­gis­tics is well placed to sup­port these com­pa­nies with its ca­pa­bil­i­ties in global freight man­age­ment, or­der man­age­ment / E cat­a­logue / global strate­gic pur­chas­ing, ware­hous­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­ven­tory man­age­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and sup­port, spare dis­tri­bu­tion and last mile trans­porta­tion, non­core con­sum­ables man­age­ment, re­pair and main­te­nance ser­vices.

Se­nior de­fence per­son­nel like Chief of In­te­grated De­fence Staff to the Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee (CISC) of the In­dian Armed Forces, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ord­nance, and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral per­spec­tive Plan­ning, in­ter­acted with TVS Lo­gis­tics De­fence Lo­gis­tics team to get an over­view of the com­pany’s de­fence sup­ply chain readi­ness.

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