India aerospace: 'Nothing can stop us'

July 30, 2018

Aravind Melligeri is the chair and chief executive officer of Aequs. He spoke to DW's Zulfikar Abbany at the 2018 Farnborough International Air show in the UK.

India may not necessarily spring to mind when you think of aerospace manufacturing and precision parts. But perhaps it should. Take a company like Aequs. You may not know them, but when you fly, you rely on them.

DW: When we think of airplanes, we think of huge machines that cart us from A to B. But rarely do we think of all the small parts that make up the whole. And that's where a company like Aequs comes in, focused as it is on precision engineering for the aerospace industry. Based at the Aequs Special Economic Zone in Belagavi, in Karnataka state, India, you've expanded with subsidiaries in the USA and France. But let's start with that special economic zone. You've done something interesting there to nurture aerospace manufacturing locally. Tell us about that.

Aravind Melligeri, Aequs CEO: It's an ecosystem that consists of joint ventures for forging, surface treatment and assemblies, where we do our own machining activities. These are joint ventures with Saab Aerospace, Aubert & Duval of France, and Magellan Aerospace of Canada. The idea is to reduce the length of the supply chain from start to end. So you can forge, machine, surface treat, and assemble in a single location. And that stops you from having to travel all over the world to get the parts done.

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