Airports India - - NEWS - Plan­ning Direc­torate, AAI

In line with the am­bi­tious goals of the Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter’s “Make in In­dia” ini­tia­tive to fos­ter and pro­mote the In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia has awarded a con­tract for Sup­ply, In­stal­la­tion, Test­ing and Com­mis­sion­ing (SITC) of Pas­sen­ger Board­ing Bridges (PBBS) to Adelte Air­port Tech­nolo­gies, an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany based in Barcelona, Spain. Adelte will take up the work of pro­duc­ing some com­po­nents of PBBS in In­dia in co-op­er­a­tion with Bharat Earth Movers Lim­ited (BEML).

An MOU has been signed be­tween Adelte and BEML to pro­duce Te­le­scopic Tun­nel, Ro­tunda Col­umn and Ser­vice Stair Case as per their de­sign at BEML fac­tory in In­dia.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing of these com­po­nents in In­dia has re­sulted in sav­ing costs to­wards sea freight, cus­toms duty and pro­duc­tion. Due to these fac­tors, the bid has turned out to be a com­pet­i­tive bid. In the past, ma­jor­ity of PBB con­tracts were awarded to Asian man­u­fac­tur­ers with­out any con­tri­bu­tion to­wards pro­duc­tion from In­dia.

Adelte, BEML and Three D (In­dian nom­i­nated agency re­spon­si­ble for ITC, op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance) set it­self a chal­leng­ing tar­get to try and cre­ate a value propo­si­tion of of­fer­ing “Euro­pean Qual­ity PBBS” at “Asian Price” with­out any di­lu­tion or com­pro­mise in the qual­ity of the prod­uct.

As per the anal­y­sis, the to­tal an­tic­i­pated sav­ing un­der the Make in In­dia model is to the tune of ap­prox­i­mately 30% as com­pared to the prices of­fered in Europe and U.S.A. The to­tal con­tract value in­clud­ing De­sign­ing, Sup­ply, In­stal­la­tion, Test­ing and Com­mis­sion­ing of 17 numbers of PBBS is `38 Crores which con­trib­utes `24.5 Crores for for­eign com­po­nent i.e. 64% of to­tal value and `13.5 Crores for INR Com­po­nents i.e. 36% of to­tal value.

AAI car­ried out Fac­tory Ac­cep­tance Test (FAT) for im­ported items at the fac­tory of Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­turer (OEM) lo­cated in Spain. In­dian man­u­fac­tured items and fully as­sem­bled PBB in­spec­tion were car­ried out suc­cess­fully at the fac­tory of BEML lo­cated at Ko­lar (Near Bengaluru) in the pres­ence of OEM on 25th and 26th July 2017.

The pro­vi­sion of aer­o­bridges un­der the Make in In­dia ini­tia­tive has of­fered tremen­dous im­pe­tus for the In­dian Avi­a­tion sec­tor to achieve low cost, high qual­ity prod­uct.

First ‘Make in In­dia’ PBB ready for dispatch at BEML fac­tory, Ko­lar, Bengaluru

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