Aequs Aerospace: Ground control
Thirteen years ago, QuEST Global, an outsourced engineering services company co-founded by Aravind Melligeri and Ajit Prabhu in 1997, decided to foray into manufacturing products for the aerospace industry, mostly for commercial jetliners. Its goal was to be a one-stop provider of aerospace services and products. It was also a time when many Indian automotive parts manufacturing companies were looking at the aerospace vertical and QuEST, too, wanted to make use of India’s labour arbitrage and offer clients precision engineered products at a 30 to 40 percent discount as compared to manufacturers in Europe and the US.
In 2006, QuEST Manufacturing, a sister company of QuEST Global that was later spun off into an independent entity in 2010-11, made its first aerospace product, a high-end titanium box fitted into the wing of a Boeing 777, one of the most successful long-range wide-body commercial jets. “This box was holding an actuator [a motor system],” says Melligeri, a board member of QuEST Global and chairman and CEO of Aequs, Inc (QuEST Manufacturing was rebranded Aequs Aerospace in 2014 and is part of Aequs, Inc).