Ad­vik Hi-Tech for­ays into aero­space com­po­nent mak­ing

Auto components India - - COVER STORY - Story by: Sricha­ran R

Ad­vik Hi-Tech Pri­vate Lim­ited (AHPL), one of In­dia’s lead­ing and global au­to­mo­tive com­po­nents man­u­fac­turer, is now for­ay­ing into the aero­space seg­ment. The 18-year-old auto com­po­nent man­u­fac­turer has been cater­ing to the needs of a num­ber of do­mes­tic and over­seas cus­tomers across 4 con­ti­nents in the two-wheeler, sta­tion­ary en­gine, and trans­mis­sion sys­tem.

“We are just get­ting into the aero­space seg­ment. We wanted to make crit­i­cal parts and sup­ply it to the in­dus­try in the first stage. We will be mak­ing an im­por­tant high-qual­ity com­po­nent, and mov­ing on, we are look­ing to de­velop prod­ucts in the crit­i­cal ar­eas. Our fa­cil­ity will be in­stalled by July-Au­gust of this year and the man­u­fac­tur­ing will mostly start by Septem­ber,” Aditya Bhar­tia, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Ad­vik Group, told Au­to­Com­po­nentsIn­dia.

With a huge cus­tomer base of lead­ing au­to­mo­tive OEMs in In­dia, Europe, the UK and the US, the com­po­nent maker opened the first plant in Chakan, Pune, in 2000. The aero­space com­po­nents are also to be man­u­fac­tured in the same plant. “The build­ing was ini­tially used for the auto com­po­nents man­u­fac­tur­ing. On foot­print, we have in­vested about Rs 7 crore in the first stage and for qual­ity and test­ing we have in­vested around Rs 1.5 crore to start with. Al­to­gether, pri­mar­ily an in­vest­ment of Rs 5-10 crore in the first stage for the re­fur­bish­ment of build­ing etc., is made. Once the pro­duc­tion starts we will look for the pos­si­bil­ity of investing more,” he said.

The auto com­po­nents firm has made sure that there will be zero de­fect in the mak­ing of the new prod­uct as it needs to be of high

qual­ity. “We have made a ded­i­cated plant for aero­space and de­fence sec­tor in Chakan and got a sta­teof-the-art sec­tion stan­dard rule. We have also im­ported the best prod­ucts from all over the world.”

As of now, the Pune-based com­pany is con­cen­trat­ing on the de­fence sec­tor and in the fu­ture, they also have plans to be in the com­mer­cial sec­tor. Bhar­tia said that, they are sure that they do not want to be in the fab­ri­ca­tion, weld­ing etc., of the aero­space seg­ment and will be in ma­chin­ing sec­tion mak­ing the crit­i­cal ma­chine part. “We want to stick to our best, that is auto com­po­nents where we have a large knowl­edge of ma­chin­ing. We will take this ex­per­tise to the aero­space seg­ment,” he said.

Re­ply­ing to the query on why Ad­vik is now for­ay­ing into the aero­space seg­ment, Bhar­tia said that it is just an ex­ten­sion of their ex­ist­ing busi­ness. “In the last 20 years, we have a large ex­pe­ri­ence in ma­chin­ing. So, it is just a onede­gree sep­a­ra­tion, and this will be just like an ex­ten­sion of our busi­ness. At present, we pro­duce a va­ri­ety of parts for dif­fer­ent auto com­po­nents. But, the core com­po­nent re­mains the same. We know how to as­sem­ble, to cre­ate a de­fect-free prod­uct and that will help us.” On light weight­ing, he said that they are not go­ing to de­sign any­thing, and it is mostly build-to-print. “We are just get­ting into this seg­ment and know very lit­tle about the dy­nam­ics, “he added.

It is noted that with the gov­ern­ment’s Make in In­dia ini­tia­tive, the coun­try has caught the at­ten­tion of ma­jor aero­space de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ers to come and in­vest here. Bhar­tia said that aero­space is a sun rise sec­tor in In­dia. The seg­ment is very frag­mented right now. “A lot of small com­pa­nies and a few large com­pa­nies are into the ma­chin­ing sec­tion. In the OEM stage, there are a lot of firms and a lot of things are hap­pen­ing. With the Make in In­dia on ex­pan­sion mode, the eco-sys­tem is also slowly fall­ing into space. We need that to sur­vive and it is just a mat­ter of time as ev­ery­thing will surely fall in place, he said.

While there are learn­ing from the auto com­po­nents area that needs to be im­ple­mented in aero­space seg­ment, Ad­vik has a lot to learn from this sec­tor too. “Auto com­po­nents has one ppm level, while the aero­space and de­fence should have zero ppm level. As the com­po­nents in­dus­try is ma­tur­ing, and the zero-ppm level will be com­ing in due course. Work­ing on this will help us a lot,” Bhar­tia said.

Go­ing on into the fu­ture, Ad­vik plans to play a huge rule in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of aero­space com­po­nents. At first, the com­po­nents mak­ers are con­cen­trat­ing on the ma­chin­ing seg­ments and wants to learn more about it. “We need to un­der­stand and wanted to be prag­matic and sure of what we want to do. We do not want to be in hurry to reach a stage. Our main fo­cus is on get­ting our ed­u­ca­tion right,” he said.

In the auto space, Ad­vik Group man­u­fac­tur­ers com­po­nents like lifter ten­sioner, oil pump assem­bly, combi brake sys­tem, wa­ter pump assem­bly, fuel pumps, fuel feed pumps, fuel cock assem­bly, de­com­pres­sion units, drum gear shifter, starter gear re­duc­tion, kick shaft assem­bly, gear shifter assem­bly and pre­cise ma­chined com­po­nents like pin­ions, screws, nuts and con­trol shafts for lead­ing au­to­mo­tive OEMs in the two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler, LCV, M&HCV and sta­tion­ary en­gines space.

Aditya Bhar­tia, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Ad­vik Group

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