Force Magazine
Guest Column - Force Magazine
Grab the Magic Formula
Major aerospace players want to make in India, the opportunity should not be missed
G.P. TripathiG.P. Tripathi

In the November of 1962 governments of Great Britain and France signed a concord (agreement) to design, develop and manufacture a supersonic jet liner from the scratch that was christened as ‘Concorde’. In 1969 the first Prototype of Concorde jet liner made its maiden flight. This was a revolutionary technology for the Sixties. Contrasting this Indian aerospace industry, for many years, has remained laggard, blaming the ‘stifling stranglehold’ it was subjected to by the political leadership of the country and the license permit raj. Is it all that has kept India dependent on imports on almost all aerospace technologies till recent past (here we have to keep aside spectacular achievements of ISRO).

What was that magic, enabling these two countries, Britain and France, to imagine the concept of a jet liner like Concorde and being able to deliver its Prototype within a span of just seven years? Can we emulate that magic formulae to bring about excellence to Indian aerospace industry and like automobile industry success, turn India in to an aerospace hub?

Clustering is the Key
Clusters are nothing but Special Economic Zone (SEZ) built around one specific industrial segment e.g. aerospace. Britain and France could deliver on Concorde quickly because they had thriving aerospace clusters in Midlands and Toulouse respectively, where design and manufacturing capacities pre-existed. The aerospace clusters were the magic behind their success called ‘Concorde’.

Such clusters provide conducive ecosystem at a single location to deliver custom built hardware and software for the global aerospace industry year after year in a price competitive manner. The SEZ approach helps in creation of a versatile Supply Chain Network that can bring smooth infrastructure enabling rapid growth and maturity of business processes and systems to the participants of the clusters.

The main aerospace clusters are in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Filton in the UK; the Midlands in the UK, Wichita in the US, Everett in the US. Together they produce over 50 per cent of world aerospace hardware. These locations have matured as aerospace hubs through the dynamics of the ‘cluster phenomenon’.

Thus, it’s high time that India, too, emulated such successful clustering model and spawned dedicated and aerospace focused SEZs where a full-fledged ecosystem is created for design, development and manufacturing of aerospace components, sub-assembly and aircraft. These clusters should be created to easily meet the diverse needs of the industry at one location, thus helping them save on time, money and energy required to source their requirements from otherwise, widely dispersed locations.

The strategic advantage of clustering is achieved by having players across the value chain in the same proximity which results in significant time saving that would otherwise be wasted in moving parts from one location to another, and the associated cost of the logistics. The easy availability of talented and trained manpower is added advantage at one location along with education and training facilities having industrial interface.

Saab’s Gripen NG
Saab’s Gripen NG

Comments(0) Share
[View Full Story]

  © 2016 FORCE ARROWHEAD MEDIA PVT. LTD. All Rights Reserved. Private Area | Old Link Directory | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions | Sitemap