1. Make in India: Boeing says possible for India to make large aircraft

Make in India: Boeing says possible for India to make large aircraft

Boeing has said manufacturing large airplanes in India will take a long time because requirements are huge for capital, skills and infrastructure.

By: | Paris | Published: June 23, 2015 1:03 PM

Boeing said that the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme has become a major incentive for the foreign investors. (Photo: Reuters)

It is very much possible for large airplanes to be manufactured in India, although it will take a long time because requirements are huge for capital, skills and infrastructure, top aircraft maker Boeing has said.

The $105-billion global giant also said that the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme has become a major incentive for the foreign investors and every company wanted to be associated with it because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal involvement in this initiative.

Stating that India is on the right track and it needs to gradually move up, senior Boeing executive Dinesh Keskar said that the country and the companies there would need to consistently develop the skill-set and other necessary requirements to get to a stage of making large planes.

He was replying to a query on whether large airplanes like Boeing 787 can ever be made in India.

“That will be a long time. Even China which is way ahead in manufacturing is still not doing it. It takes three things — a huge amount of capital, a highly skilled labour force and top-end facilities,” Keskar said.

“Boeing bets its big every time it builds a new plane. You need billions of dollars,” said Keskar, Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific and India Sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He was here for the Paris International Air Show, which concluded this weekend.

Explaining further, the aircraft industry veteran said, “You need an amazing amount of skilled labour who knows how to build different systems and integrate it all together.

“Today, there are only two companies, Boeing and Airbus, who know how to do this. Others are making smaller planes. So, money, skills and facilities are the three things we need.”

The Boeing executive said India has got the money and workforce, but no Indian firm has so far decided to do it.

“Even the smaller airplanes are not being made so far. I think, we should start with 50-seaters or 100-seaters and then look at the bigger ones. That is how it can work,” he said.

Rival Airbus India Managing Director Srinivasan Dwarkanath also said it was very much possible for India to manufacture large planes over the years.

Giving example of the proposed replacement for the Indian Air Force’s Avro aircraft fleet, he said it would “totally made in India”.

“I don’t see a reason why it (manufacturing of large aircraft) cannot happen in India,” said Dwarkanath, who was also here for the Air Show.

Indian defence systems firm OIS Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Bhandari said: “With the sustained support of the government policies, where the government looks to the private sector for advanced products and technology solutions, it should be able to manufacture, design and develop advanced technology over the foreseeable future.”

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    Milind Pimprikar
    Jun 24, 2015 at 7:21 am
    India needs to look and follow example of Embraer rather than Boeing or Airbus I had visited Brazil back in 1999 to learn first hand how a spin-off from the Sao Jose dos Campos, in the state of Sao Paulo became a global player. I was fascinated with the OECD paper issued during the same period that analysed “how Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, transformed itself to become a world market leader in a high-tech industry traditionally dominated by companies based in OECD member countries. Its main findings were that top management pla a key role in aligning innovation for dynamic capabilities, that the company has been very successful in forming alliances with foreign partners and strengthening its bargaining position, and that the Brazilian authorities have consistently supported Embraer after relinquishing direct control. The concrete strategies involved a market reserve policy, State financing, and technological support to private firms through the Centro Tecnologico Aerospacial (Aerospace Technology Centre) (CTA), established in1945 at Sao Jose dos Campos, which led to the creation of Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica – Brazilian Aeronautical Corporation) in 1969. In 2006, the CTA signed cooperation agreement with my organization CANEUS International to advance the niche areas such as nano-composites to remain compeive. India needs to take the first step, with 50 to 100-seaters, which I believe is fully capable with requisite resources, manpower and developing new technologies. Milind Pimprikar Chairman CANEUS International Montreal, Canada

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