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We Would Like to be a Major Aero-Structure Manufacturer For HAL Working on Multiple Opportunities Like Su-30MKI, Dornier and IJT’

President, defence, Punj Lloyd, R.K. Sharma

President, defence, Punj Lloyd, R.K. Sharma

What will be Punj Lloyd’s focus at Aero India 2013?
Our Aero Structure manufacturing facility at Malanpur, MP has an AS 9001C certification. This is an important milestone for any manufacturing facility. Our state-of-the-art machining and fabrication is capable of meeting domestic and international aerospace customers’ needs. We are already registered with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and working on a number of opportunities with them. Enquiries for the first lot of components of Su-30MKI and Dornier are already with us and are being worked upon.

Will it be correct to say that the nucleus of your presence at Aero India will be this certification?
We have a state-of-art facility whose capabilities far exceed the aerospace requirements. The certification obviously recognises that capability and the processes we have put in place to meet and exceed the standards expected by international aerospace companies from their vendors. Our primary focus is the aerospace industry and organisations like ISRO where one requires precision capabilities beyond the normal. To give an example, our five axes machines are capable of machining up to the accuracy of five microns for a component up to eight metres in size. Apart from aero-structures, we are also working for other domains, catering to very high precision machining requirements.

Since you have this capability which goes beyond aerospace, why have you registered only with HAL? Why not other DPSUs like BEL and Bharat Dynamics?
Depending upon the nature of opportunity, we look forward to working with BEL, BDL and others as well. We have all the ISO certifications and a number of defence licences, allowing us to undertake a variety of manufacturing tasks for defence and aerospace customers. AS 9001 C is the latest certification for our facility.
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