Aerospace Processing India Pvt. Ltd (API) inaugurated its Phase II facility, marking yet another key milestone in the growth and development of Aerospace Manufacturing in India. API, a joint venture between Aequs and Magellan Aerospace and located at Aequs SEZ in Belagavi, Karnataka, was the first third-party facility in India to be approved by both Airbus and Boeing.
This new expansion will accommodate additional capacity and capabilities supporting water-based paint, solid film lubricant, sulfuric acid anodizing, zinc-nickel plating and additional processes under development. The current, fully integrated, modular facility utilizes ~ 40,000 sq. ft. and employs 150 people.
The API facility also houses the environmentally-friendly tartaric sulfuric acid (TSA) anodizing line approved by Airbus. In addition, cadmium plating line is also coming on line this year.
API was the first in India to achieve NADCAP accreditation for Chemical Processing, Surface Enhancement and NDT, which is widely demanded across the aerospace industry. API is also AS9100 certified. Maintaining these credentials is essential in sustaining customer confidence, reducing risks, and ensuring industry compliance.
Aravind Melligeri, Aequs Chairman & CEO, said, “We are continuing to grow and develop critical capabilities in India’s aerospace manufacturing sector. This expansion will keep API at the forefront of aerospace special processing expertise in India and facilitate further growth across the global Aerospace supply chain.”
Commenting on this new development, Phil Underwood, President and CEO, Magellan Aerospace offered,” Magellan has long-viewed our operations in India as fundamental to Magellan’s global growth strategy and to deliver value to our customers. The API facility and our relationship with Aequs has met Magellan’s expectations and we are confident that this expansion and adoption of increased capabilities will enhance API’s presence in the developing Indian aerospace industry.”
During the inauguration of the facility, Shri R.V. Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Industry, Government of Karnataka, said, ‘I am glad to be present here on this significant development of API, an Aequs-Magellan Joint Venture. This new facility which reinforces the organisation’s capabilities and its contribution towards industrial growth and also creating additional employment opportunities have made Karnataka proud once again.” He added, ‘This development in Belagavi is instrumental in growth of the Aerospace Industry in India.’
Shri Satish Jarkiholi, Hon’ble Minister of Small Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka, who was there as a Chief Guest, said, ‘The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Aequs SEZ underpins the significance of Belagavi in the overall aerospace industry growth. He further went to say, ‘We will continue to provide all necessary support from the State to cater to the industry’s requirement and growth, as we are keen to make Karnataka as India’s leading hub for the manufacturing sector.’
Aequs is among India’s fastest growing precision engineering companies specializing in precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, assembly, forging, and special processing for the Aerospace, Automotive, and Oil & Gas industries. The company’s customers include global industry leaders such as Airbus, UTAS, Bosch, Eaton, Baker Hughes and Halliburton. Aequs operates several manufacturing facilities in India, US and Europe. The significant facilities are located in the Aequs SEZ, Belagavi, India’s first integrated precision engineering ecosystem.