New Delhi. “Boeing will turn 100 years in 2016 and when I think of our accomplishments, we have come a long way from building planes in an old, red boathouse to become the largest aerospace company in the world in civil aviation, defense and space. India is a priority country for Boeing and we are bringing the best of Boing to partner with the best of India.” cited Dinesh Keskar, President Boeing India.
The close relationship between Boeing and India goes back over 60 years when India entered the jet age on the wings of Boeing commercial jetliners.
Boeing jets continue to be the mainstay of the country’s domestic and intercontinental commercial fleets. New opportunities for partnership have also emerged in the area of defense. In January 2009, the Government of India selected the P-81 to fulfill its long range maritime requirements. In March 2009, Boeing opened the Boeing Research and Technology center in Bangalore to advance aerospace innovation.
Boeing is also focused on long term strategic partnerships and on creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector. Boeing has developed important relationships with suppliers in India and is actively pursuing technical and business partnerships with Indian companies and institutions. Boeing is uniquely positioned for growth in the burgeoning aircraft services and support market.
“For us to stay at the forefront of aerospace, we constantly search for new frontiers to explore – and an even more exciting future.” says Keskar.
Boeing is continually exploring new business and investment opportunities, as well as potential research and development partnerships in India.
Boeing believes that ‘Productivity’ can be a strategic discriminator to ensure global leadership in the aerospace industry, as it attracts investors, provides value to customers and creates opportunities for growth. Boeing values the productivity opportunities that Indian partners can bring while leveraging the uniquely comprehensive capabilities of the whole Boeing enterprise.
“India offers a unique opportunity for Boeing. We have a huge civil aviation and defense market in India however we are also excited with the huge potential the Indian aerospace industry represents. We are partnering closely with Indian industry to grow our supply chain,” said Keskar.
Since 1997, Boeing has worked with India’s premier software development companies, including HCL, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on numerous information technology projects including systems reengineering and development, web enabling, e-business applications and long-term application maintenance. In 2005, Boeing began using engineers from Infosys and TCS on a variety of knowledge-based engineering and data analysis projects. It has also contracted for engineering services with TCS and Infosys to support aircraft design activity.
Boeing’s relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) began in 1991 with HAL becoming the single source producer of 757 Over Wing Exit Doors.
HAL is currently contracted to manufacture the 777 Gear Uplock Box and the F/A-18 Gun Bay Door with more projects to follow in 2010 as part of the $1 billion MOU signed between Boeing and HAL in 2007.
On Oct 22, 2009, HAL signed a deal with Boeing to manufacture Boeing’s 777 flaperon. Boeing has also contracted with Tatas to manufacture 787 Floor Beams at a new facility in Nagpur.
Companies like BEL will play a large roll in Boeing’s industrial strategy in 2009 and beyond. Boeing is also looking at ways to partner with numerous Small and Medium Enterprises throughout India.
Boeing in association with Air India is also working towards supporting India’s aviation infrastructure through building a green field MRO in Nagpur.
In addition to direct work placement, Boeing collaborates with Indian industrial partners on Lean manufacturing techniques and Boeing’s Program Management Best Practices as part of its drive to bring the best of Boeing to India and the best of India to Boeing.
“Boeing is defined by its technological edge,” says Keskar.
“Working with India’s technology leaders helps Boeing assimilate new ideas and innovative processes into our products and programs. This also is good for India because it helps grow the capabilities of the Indian R&D community to meet the emerging needs in country.”
Boeing’s Research and Technology Centre is another strategic milestone in Boeing’s long term relationship with India. This centre will help sustain the company’s competitive technological edge by advancing innovation, while enhancing India’s aerospace capabilities.
This centre will carry out continued collaboration with Indian R&D organizations, including government agencies and private sector R&D providers, universities and other companies. Boeing’s research in India will break new ground in aero structures, materials and network systems with a team of senior researchers, scientists and engineers. This is Boeing’s third advanced research centre outside the U.S., the others being in Europe and Australia. The Boeing Research & Technology-India centre will build upon an already solid foundation of collaborative research projects in India. For example, since 2007, Boeing has been working together with the Indian Institute of Science and two leading Indian information technology companies, Wipro and HCL, as part of the Aerospace Network Research Consortium.
This is India’s first public-private aerospace research consortium and it is devoted to emerging network technologies and concepts.
Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined.
Through its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company conducts its own research and development and also works with top government, private and university research centers, and companies throughout the world to find the most innovative and affordable technology solutions for aerospace applications. In 2005, Boeing entered a research partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
The Boeing-IISc partnership focuses on research in nanotechnologies, structural alloys, composites, smart materials and structures, process modeling and simulation, manufacturing technologies, prototyping through substructure fabrication and testing. The strategic alliance with the IISc—the first of its kind at Boeing in the area of materials science—will spur aerospace innovation and contribute to the advancement of Boeing’s aircraft design capabilities. Boeing has also reached out to four other Indian universities to explore opportunities in research and development. These universities are the Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai), Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai).
The company’s long term strategy is to closely partner with India through investment of resources in manufacturing, engineering, research and technology and infrastructure. This partnership has the potential of generating a strong future for India’s aerospace industry.
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