GE Aerospace announced its Indian aero-engine supply chain has grown to 13 companies plus GE’s Pune multi-modal manufacturing facility.
Indian companies are becoming globally competitive for a growing body of high-value, complex aero-engine manufacturing work. Marquee Indian companies including Tata Advanced Systems, Mahindra Aerostructure and Godrej have set up GE aero-engine component production lines. These components are exported from India to GE’s engine manufacturing facilities. Hindustan Aeronautics has established an assembly line for GE’s LM2500 marine engine that power India’s newest first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. These growing capabilities coincided with GE Aerospace’s increase in local sourcing spend, which has grown 20 times in the last five years.
GE Aerospace and its Indian partners are in the process of establishing the aero-engine manufacturing infrastructure India needs to achieve its self-reliance goals (locally known as ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’). To support its growing Indian aero-engine manufacturing industrial base, GE Aerospace is pursuing an aggressive skill development programme for manufacturing workforce in India.
Over the past two years, this GE-funded programme trained more than 150 manufacturing staff at the various partner organisations, and these trained workers have then gained employment with one of several GE suppliers in India. More than 1,000 of GE’s aviation researchers and engineers work in India and have deep connections with leading academic institutions, such as IITMadras, IIT-Kapur and IIT-Patna.