Modi’s Make in In­dia flies high on wings of Air­bus

Plane maker says it is ready to man­u­fac­ture in In­dia, up busi­ness to $2bn

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pra­sun Son­walkar let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

PARIS: Air­bus on Satur­day said it was ready to man­u­fac­ture he­li­copters, satel­lites and mil­i­tary trans­port planes in In­dia and pledged to raise its out­sourc­ing to the coun­try up to $2 bil­lion from the cur­rent $400 mil­lion by 2020.

Giv­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi a tour of its as­sem­bly line fa­cil­ity at its Toulouse head­quar­ters, Air­bus Group CEO Tom En­ders said, “We sup­port Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ call and are ready to man­u­fac­ture in In­dia, for In­dia and the world.”

This fol­lows an­nounce­ments by Modi to buy 36 ready- tofly Rafale fighter jets and by French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande to in­vest 2 bil­lion eu­ros in In­dia.

“We... con­vey to him [Modi] our de­sire to forge a stronger industrial bond with In­dia. In­dia al­ready takes a cen­tre-stage role in our in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and we want to in­crease its con­tri­bu­tion to our prod­ucts,” said En­ders.

Air­bus has 10 i ndustry part­ners in In­dia — in­clud­ing Mahin­dra, Tata, In­fosys, Wipro and L& T — and op­er­ates two en­gi­neer­ing cen­tres, fo­cused on civil avi­a­tion and de­fence, and a re­search and tech­nol­ogy cen­tre. It plans to ex­pand th­ese cen­tres so they can take on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture pro­grammes, said a se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the group.

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