Hyderabad: GE and Tata group, held the ground-breaking ceremony for their Centre of Excellence (COE), focused on aero-engine components. The COE will incorporate latest technologies from GE and best manufacturing practices to deliver complex high precision aero-engine components to the world’s fastest-selling jet engine, the CFM LEAP engine. The manufacturing facility will be located in Adibatla, Hyderabad and will be ready by end of the year.
This is part of the strategic partnership signed in December 2017 between GE Aviation and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to join forces for manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held in the presence of Telangana Industries Minister K T Rama Rao and leadership teams from both the companies. Speaking on the occasion, KTR said, “TASL had been an anchor investor at the Adibatla Aerospace Park. GE has joined a list of marquee companies that have chosen Hyderabad for their operations through this joint venture. GE and Tata Group are keen to tap India’s potential in the aerospace manufacturing segment. Telangana has created a strong ecosystem for aerospace manufacturing and has already created two aerospace parks to enable its growth further. The State also has five airstrips and is focusing on strengthening its infrastructure supported by its efforts for skilling so that there is adequate manpower available for the industry.”
“Telangana government has tied up with Aerocampus Aquitaine and Cranfield University for skilling for this sector. This will ensure both skilling and upskilling,” he informed.
“Tata group’s partnership with GE will boost the domestic manufacturing expertise, and enhance the capabilities of the group in the global aerospace industry. We look forward to developing a resilient ecosystem through this collaboration that will help both companies to strengthen manufacturing expertise in the country,” said Banmali Agrawala, president, Infrastructure and Defence & Aerospace, Tata Sons.
“This investment will create highly skilled jobs and develop a high-end supply chain that will offer a globally competitive manufacturing ecosystem in India,” he added.
“Both GE and Tata have a long and distinguished history of delivering on commitments to help customers solve some of their toughest challenges. The collaboration between the two companies will deliver results for India’s aerospace and defence industry which will be unmatched”, said Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO for GE South Asia.
Wanchoo added, “Through our technology centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, GE has developed high-tech research capabilities in India. Combining GE’s R&D capability with state of the art manufacturing within Tata’s new facility in Hyderabad is a significant step forward in building indigenous capability for the Indian aerospace industry.”