Maini Group, established in 1973, is expanding its presence in aerospace sector by investing in a new dedicated facility to meet global aerospace manufacturing requirements. The new factory will be located in Bommasandra in Bengaluru close to the existing facility. The group will focus on investments, employment opportunities, technology adaption & its wide ecosystem, which will eventually cater to the needs of our customers.
Gautam Maini, Managing Director, Maini Precision Parts Ltd said: “The objective for the new plant is to create a dedicated facility for Aerospace, that would enable us to drive our growth plans in the three verticals of Structures, Powerplant sub-modules and aircraft Systems. Our credible standing of 40 years in the international market for Automotive and Hydraulics, coupled with 12 years of focused learning in Aerospace manufacture have led us to increase our concentration on the later sector. We would also be able to provide more employment opportunities for high skill technicians and engineers. MPP Aerospace would need to increase its workforce for production ramp-up of multiple programs to keep pace with the expected growth. The core focus of Maini Group has always been people development, training and continuous skilling. “
With the strong manufacturing track record in the automotive and industrial segment, MPP made its foray into aerospace in 2005. MPP Aerospace Division started exporting machined high precision fuel line components to Safran Aircraft Engines (then known as Snecma), France for its commercial aircraft engines. With the 10 years of strong build-to- print learning with major OEM’s and Tier 1’s, MPP is poised for exponential growth through this new facility.
Naresh Palta, CEO (A&D), Maini group said “A dedicated plant would permit us the flexibility to meet the supply chain requirements of the aerospace leaders, the Tier 1s and OEMs for rapidly building up a technology Value Chain that would position us as their strategic partner for the global requirements as well as Make- in – India initiatives. Aero India would provide us an opportunity to discuss with the customers and potential partners the direction and pace for technology build up. We are open to develop the new facility to contribute as a single window long term supply chain partner with the objective of moving towards Tier 1 level eventually.”
MPP has recently received private equity investment of US $ 17 Million to support its growth plan, which is available for Aerospace as well.
The new plant will have a built area of 60,000 Sq.ft for Aerospace manufacturing with dedicated areas for MPP’s three core verticals: Aero Engines, Aircraft Systems and Aero Structures.
MPP Aerospace will increase its workforce for production ramp-up of multiple programs to keep pace with expected growth.
The core strength of Maini Group has always been training and skill development. Right from the beginning, the Group has a dedicated team with strong systems to constantly monitor /upgrade the skillsets of employees. The SAFRAN TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY also appreciated the Group’s Vocational Training System during their assessments. The Company regularly sends their engineers and technicians to its customer locations to train on the latest technologies/ standards. Such practices have resulted in customer satisfaction as the Company could achieve rapid technology and capacity ramp-ups through successful implementation of these learnings.
Due to MPP’s large machine base, technical institutes like Industrial Training Institute (ITIs) and Vishveshwaraiah Technical Institute (VTI) deputes apprentices for training. Based on their performance in trade tests at the end of training period, successful candidates are absorbed into MPP. Their initial assignment is in MPP’s automotive division for a minimum period of 2 years. Depending on their performance during this period, the best employees are promoted to the Aerospace Division.
MPP will invest in high-end advance technologies to support customer’s future needs in machining and assembly of complex parts category. This will also provide a single window through the supply of components/sub-assemblies in complete packages supported by the comprehensive eco system.
Maini group has been managing and nurturing more than 400 suppliers across sectors. The Group’s capabilities in supporting customer requirements are through a structured and strong ecosystem.
When Maini group entered into aerospace manufacturing in 2005, there were no sources in India for special protective processes. The Company encouraged their automotive suppliers and supported them in getting necessary certifications and customer approvals. Today, these suppliers are key players in India for aerospace special processes and are being used by other Indian aerospace manufacturers as well. Maini group has constantly grown up the value chain and this is through progressively scaling up our eco-system base as well.
The Company is now using a similar approach in localizing aerospace grade forgings and castings. The Group has a wide supplier base in India for supporting its casting / forgings requirements for non-aerospace segments. over 2500 tons of castings are being machined in our automotive plants. Leveraging this vendor base, the Company has commenced development of Titanium forgings for a major aerospace overseas customer .
As a large sized enterprise, the Company has successfully supported SME sub-tiers. The eco-system also includes medium to large size partners so as to collaborate for building up infrastructure for MAKE-IN- INDIA in Aerospace and Defence.