GE Aerospace has announced its Indian aero-engine supply chain this week and grown to 13 companies plus GE’s Pune multi-modal manufacturing facility.
Indian organizations are turning out to be universally competitive for a growing body of high-value, complex aero-engine manufacturing work. Marquee Indian companies* such as Tata Advanced Systems Mahindra Aerostructure and Godrej have set up GE aero-engine component production lines. These parts are traded from India to GE’s engine manufacturing facilities.
Hindustan Aeronautics has established an assembly line for GE’s LM2500 marine engine that power India’s first native plane carrying warship, the Vikrant. These developing capacities harmonized with GE Aerospace’s expansion in nearby obtaining spend, which has grown to almost 20 times over the last five years.
GE Aerospace alongwith its Indian partners is in the process of establishing the aero-engine manufacturing infrastructure that India needs to achieve its self-reliance goals (locally known as ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’)
“Indian companies have a keen willingness to partner with GE Aerospace and to join the aero-engine marketplace. They have demonstrated the ability to master the complex manufacturing and special processes required for aero-engine manufacturing while simultaneously maintaining focus on quality,”Youngje Kim, Vice President, Sales for Asia at GE’s military aviation division.
GE Aerospace, to support its growing Indian aero-engine manufacturing industrial base is pursuing an aggressive skill development program for manufacturing workforce in India. This GE-funded program over the past two years has trained more than 150 manufacturing staff at the various partner organizations, and these trained workers have then gained employment with one of several GE suppliers in India. “GE’s Indian skill development program when combined with our growing Indian industrial base is a testament to our support of Make in India,” added Kim.
More than 1000 of GE’s aviation researchers and engineers work in India and have deep connections with leading academic institutions, such as IIT-Madras, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Patna.