Air­bus an­nual pro­cure­ment from In­dia ex­ceeds $500 mil­lion in 2015

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

In a first for any for­eign aero­space and de­fence orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer (OEM) in In­dia, Air­bus Group ex­ceeded the $500 mil­lion an­nual pro­cure­ment mark from In­dia in 2015.

Over 6,000 peo­ple at more than 45 sup­pli­ers, both pub­lic and pri­vate, are di­rectly en­gaged in pro­vid­ing en­gi­neer­ing and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy ser­vices, aero-struc­tures, de­tail parts and sys­tems, ma­te­ri­als and cab­ins to the Air­bus Group for sev­eral of its lead­ing plat­forms, in­clud­ing A380, A350 XWB, A320 Fam­ily, A330, C295W, A400M, Eurofighter, Tiger and NH90.

The group has now set its sight on ex­ceed­ing $2 bil­lion in cu­mu­la­tive pro­cure­ment, cov­er­ing both civil and de­fence, in the five years up to 2020.

Pierre de Baus­set, 54, pres­i­dent of Air­bus Group In­dia, in an in­ter­view with Mint, said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's 'Make in In­dia' cam­paign has re­ceived a shot in its arm with Air­bus Group's an­nual pro­cure­ment from In­dia in 2015.

Baus­set said the Group which is em­bed­ding In­dian com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs), in its global sup­ply chain as well as In­dian en­gi­neers in its global en­gi­neer­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion has a twopronged Make in In­dia roadmap.

Em­bed­ding In­dian com­pa­nies firmly in our global sup­ply chain is one of the pil­lars of our busi­ness strat­egy in In­dia and we have done re­ally well. In 2015, we crossed $500 mil­lion in an­nual pro­cure­ment from In­dia which is a 15% growth over 2014. This is a ma­jor feat con­sid­er­ing that it is in­de­pen­dent of any de­fence off­set obli­ga­tions. Don't take this as an in­di­ca­tion of the pos­si­ble growth rate go­ing for­ward but just to give you a sense, in the last decade our pro­cure­ment from In­dia has grown 16 times.

Air­bus Group sus­tains a very deep sup­ply chain across the world and for us the im­por­tant thing is to find sup­pli­ers who can meet our ex­act­ing qual­ity stan­dards, de­liver on-time and on-cost con­sis­tently. This is what brought us to In­dia. Here we have a sup­plier base which has the skill-set, and a readi­ness to de­velop. They have pas­sion and am­bi­tion to be in the global league and that's ex­actly what we want. We are help­ing our sup­pli­ers get to the level that is re­quired in this par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try. It's a win-win.

That's be­cause we have over 45 sup­pli­ers to­day in In­dia con­tribut­ing to all our com­mer­cial air­craft pro­grammes. For ex­am­ple, Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd (HAL) makes half of the A320 Fam­ily for­ward pas­sen­ger doors pro­duced world­wide. Dy­na­matic Tech­nolo­gies Ltd makes flap-track beams for the A320 Fam­ily on a global sin­gle-source ba­sis and has been con­tracted to man­u­fac­ture them for the A330 Fam­ily.

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