Airbus awards Aequs A320neo Titanium parts contract
First Titanium machined parts package awarded to Indian Tier-1 supplier by Airbus
In a further boost to the ‘Make in India’ programme, Airbus has contracted Aequs Aerospace, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aequs Private Limited, to supply over 100,000 titanium machined parts for the A320neo (new engine option) programme.
These parts will be delivered to the Airbus plant in Toulouse, France where they will be assembled onto the pylon structure, used to mount engines onthe aircraft wing. This contractpositions Aequs for substantial growth as a significant Tier-1 supplier to Airbus.
Aequs will perform the work at its state-of-the-art 100,000 sq. ft. (approx. 9,300 m²) aerospace machining facility at the Special Economic Zone in Belagavi, Karnataka. The facility was inaugurated last year by Manohar Parrikar, the Hon’ble Defence Minister of India and is the largest facility of its kind in India. It was purpose-built to manufacture aerospace machined components for Airbus.
“This contract for specialized titanium components underpins our commitment to expand our aerospace supplier partnerships in consonance with ‘Make in India’, which is at the heart of our strategy. We are proud to have Aequs as one of Airbus’ key Indian Tier-1 suppliers,” said Srinivasan Dwarakanath, President of Airbus Division in India.
“This award represents a significant step for us as a supplier to Airbus,” said Aravind Melligeri, Aequs Chairman and CEO. “We have a long-standing relationship with Airbus and have produced detail machined parts for its single aisle, long range, and large aircraft since 2009, including wing leading edge subassemblies for its A380,” he added.
The recently commissioned Airbus facility at Aequs’ Belagavi SEZ employs the latest in machine technology with quality processes that meet or exceed Airbus standards. Aequs’ history of delivering quality products coupled with its ability to invest has ideally positioned it to support Airbus’ India sourcing strategy.
Airbus exceeded US$500 million in annual procurement from India in 2015. Over 6,000 people at more than 45 suppliers, both publicly and privately held, are directly engaged in providing Engineering & IT Services, Aero-structures, Detail parts & Systems, Materials and Cabins to Airbus for its A380, A350 XWB, A320 Family and A330 programmes. The $500 million procurement last year represents a 15% growth over 2014. Overall Airbus’ procurement from India has grown 16 times in the last decade.
About Airbus Division in India
Airbus is India’s aircraft of choice with over 70% market share. With more than 500 aircraft on order, Airbus will deliver on average one aircraft per week to India for the next 10 years. Thanks to its robust Indian supplier network comprising of over 45 companies each Airbus aircraft produced today is partly ‘Made in India’. In addition to its existing pilot and maintenance engineers training facilities in India, Airbus has announced the setting-up of a new pilot and maintenance training centre in the Delhi NCR. Airbus also operates two dedicated design centres with partners and runs its business accelerator program – BizLab – in Bengaluru.
About Airbus Group India
Airbus Group is at the forefront of the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The strength of the Group is in the fact that it has Airbus inside. Airbus’ domestic supplier network is playing a key role in realizing the ‘Make in India’ vision of Airbus Group because what the Group buys in India, it makes in India. On the defence side, through its Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters Divisions, Airbus Group is offering to build in India the C295W military transport aircraft in partnership with Tata and military helicopters in partnership with Mahindra respectively. Around 80% of the Group’s nearly 500 direct employees in India are engineers. In addition, Airbus Group collaborates closely with institutions such as the IITs, IIMs and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). For more information, visit www.airbusgroup.com/india.
Aequs is among India’s fastest growing precision engineering companies specializing in 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.For more information, visit www.aequs.com.