When the Maini Group entered the aerospace manufacturing space in 2005, there were no sources in India for special protective processes. The company encouraged its automotive suppliers and supported them in getting necessary certifications and customer approvals. Today, these suppliers are key players in India for aerospace special processes and are being used by other Indian aerospace manufacturers as well. Gautam Maini, MD, and Naresh Palta, CEO, Maini Precision Parts, Aerospace Division, share their thoughts about their company with FE’s Huma Siddiqui in an exclusive interview.
What is the company into?
The Maini Group is a diversified group of three companies with a history of more than four decades of Innovation, technology and sustainability. The group caters to multiple segments like automotive, aerospace, industrial, material handling and warehousing solutions. The Maini Group had designed and manufactured India’s First electric car: The Reva. Maini Precision Products (MPP) is the flagship company of the group. Today, MPP is a One-Stop-Shop with high-end machining and assembly facilities catering to a global clientele. MPP made its foray into aerospace in 2005.
The aerospace division of MPP started exporting machined high precision fuel line components to Safran Aircraft Engines then known as Snecma, France, for its commercial aircraft engines. Continuing the efforts over last 10 years, MPP Aerospace has developed strong build-to-print learning with global OEMs and Tier-1’s, like Safran Group, Marshall Aerospace, Magellan, Eaton, including the recently added customers like Dassault Aviation, Rockwell Collins, Woodward, etc.
What are the expectations from Aero India?
We plan to discuss with our current and potential customers how with the new dedicated plant for aerospace manufacture we can rapidly move up in technology value chain in their supply chain system. We expect to leverage our plans for creating separate lines for the three verticals of structures, engines and aircraft systems, coupled with the robust eco-system created by us. We expect to engage in discussions how we can become a strategic partner to them since we offer complete solutions and become a one-stop-shop for them.
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Which are the OEMs you are working with?
The aerospace division works with major OEMs/Tier1s like Safran, Eaton, Magellan, Marshall Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Rockwell Collins, Woodward and many other aerospace leaders , for high precision machined components & sub-assemblies for Aero-Engines, Aero-Systems and Aircraft Structures. MPP-Aero has grown into manufacturing & kitting for structural, hydraulic, mechanical assemblies and sub-assemblies covering processes.
Other group company Maini Materials Movement is supplying its battery-operated platform for airfield support and terminal movements. The customers include airlines, international airports, PSUs and other government organisations.
What are your plans for the Indian Market?
In the Indian market, MPP Aerospace has been working with HAL on the indigenous programmes. The plan is to deepen the engagement for becoming a strategic supplier. Our new Aerospace plant would allow us to take this forward more effectively.
The increased focus on Make in India by the government has resulted in overseas players establishing enhanced presence in India. It is imperative that a mature vendor base is available for supporting these companies. The Group has a wide supplier base in India for supporting its casting/forgings requirements for non-aerospace segments. Over 2,500 tonnes of castings are being machined in our automotive plants. Leveraging this vendor base, the company is now developing titanium forgings for a major western customer.
Gautam Maini, MD, and Naresh Palta, CEO, Maini Precision Parts