India’s Mahindra Group said on Monday (15) it had struck a multi-million dollar aerospace contract with European consortium Airbus, marking a major milestone in prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Mahindra Group’s subsidiary Mahindra Aerospace bagged the multi-year aero-components manufacture and supply contract at the Paris Air Show.
“This is significant as a vote of confidence in Make in India, the ‘first tika’ in this broad vision, as well as a vote of confidence in Mahindra,” Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, said on the sidelines of the air show’s opening.
“Getting such a contract is a lengthy process which takes a lot of cooking and brewing; and this implies Mahindra is now in the inner circle of suppliers,” he said.
The contract, the value of which has not been disclosed, will involve a range of Mahindra-produced metallic components, in excess of a million parts per annum, to be fitted on to several Airbus aircraft programmes as part of assemblies produced by Premium Aerotec.
The parts will be produced at the new Mahindra Aerostructures facility located at Narsapura, near Bengaluru, with deliveries to Premium Aerotec’s facilities in Germany scheduled to commence this year.
Mahindra said: “We as a group, with Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Aerospace, are the largest supplier to Airbus out of India, but the potential remains to substantially hike the amount the company sources from India. As Airbus raises its procurement from India, it will be a great validation of Make in India.”
“When we first began our aerospace journey back in 2008, India had yet to establish a presence in the global aerospace supply chain. We committed then to bridge that gap with our investments in aerospace manufacturing, and this new chapter in our relationship with Airbus attests to that commitment,”he said.
“This is our vision to take ‘Make in India’ from policy to reality: Build bridges across cultures, countries and businesses,” he added.
The $16.9 billion (£10.8bn) Mumbai-headquartered Mahindra Group, with over 200,000 employees across 100 countries, had set up its utility aircraft and aerostructure manufacturing operation with Mahindra Aerospace in 2008.