Mahindra to make parts for Airbus Helicopters in BangaloreMahindra Aerostructures, a part of Mahindra & Mahindra group, will produce parts for Airbus Helicopters from its Bangalore manufacturing facility. After parts are produced at Bangalore facility, they will be shipped directly to the Airbus Helicopter production line in Marignane (France) where they will be integrated with the rest of the airframe assembly and will form a critical part of the Panthers sold worldwide. Mahindra Aerostructures will gradually emerge as the global single source supplier to Airbus Helicopters for these parts.
"This work package is the first amongst a series of work packages which would embed Mahindra Group firmly in the Airbus Helicopters' global supply chain and bind the two companies in a long-term 'Make in India' partnership," said the company in a press release.
Mahindra Aerostructures became the first Indian firm to receive a direct manufacturing deal from global aircraft maker as a tier 1 supplier, when Airbus awarded Mahindra a contract on July 12, 2016 for making airframe parts for the AS565 MBe Panther helicopter.
"We are playing an active role in the development of a helicopter-focused Indian industrial eco-system, and are embedding Indian suppliers into our global supply chain. The contract will allow us to qualify Mahindra Aerostructures as a tier 1 supplier, establish a manufacturing relationship with them on the Panther, and also lay the ground work for a rapid acceleration in terms of industrialising production in India, in case we are selected for the Naval Utility Helicopter programme," said Fabrice Cagnat, director - Make in India, Airbus Helicopters.
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