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'India attracting big aerospace manufacturers'

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has caught the attention of major defence manufacturers with its low production cost and the government's strong emphasis on building the under the "Make In India" initiative, aviation industry officials said today.

is also rated among the largest markets by internationally linked small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) which plans to expand supplies to Indian customers or form joint ventures in the country to make their components for exports.

"has the attention of all the big defence manufacturers and ourselves as well," said Andrew Martin, of business development and market at Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd.

Martin-Baker Aircraft Co Ltd is a British manufacturer of ejection seats and for aviation.

"India is our second largest market for (pilot) ejection seats after the US," added Martin whose family-owned company was rated as the 99th largest and

There are as much as 20 per cent cost savings on parts and components made in India for the global aviation industry, according to Nitin Sananse, regional and technical support for and India at

Noting that the Indian government's strong emphasis on building manufacturing sector, some producers of high-tech and high-spec products said they were working on being in the Indian market for the long-term.

"With the 'Make in India' initiative, we have been very focused on looking for ways to collaborate further with the Indian industry," said Jim Jackalone, of and Marketing at Aerospace Communications, a UK-based global technology and services innovator.

Underlining the working relationship with Indian aviation heavyweights such as and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for over 70 years, he said, almost all aviation platforms uses some equipment.

According to officials of the aviation and aerospace industries participating in the ongoing 2018, there is a growing respect for the Indian market as new innovations and products with advanced technologies are being designed with provision for India's requirements.

"India is going through a big modernisation programme and we are proposing our new communications solutions," said David Knight, Manager Air Defence at UK Ltd, sharing his views of the Indian market.

UK Ltd is a global supplier of communication and information solutions.

London-based QinetiQ, which offers support of testing and evaluation services, expressed their willingness to address the generally perceived lack of product certification, qualification and standardisation of products made in India.

"We would like to support with testing and evaluation services," said Sophie Lane, at QinetiQ, which qualifies product and services required by the UK Armed Forces.

Some of the established vendors to international manufacturers expressed their keenness to relocate plants to India where global supply chain is in the making for multi- billion dollar domestic and export-oriented industries.

The UK-based is seeking "a right Indian partner" as it is in the process of setting up office in India by end of this year.

"India is a big market," said Brue Allison, Sales at Vaayu, the supplier and stockist of re-cycled but upgraded material and parts for maintenance, repair and operation of major aircraft companies including and

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:00 IST