Officials from QuEST Global Manufacturing have signed a joint venture agreement with global defense and security major, Saab to set up an ‘Aerostructure Assembly Joint Venture.’
The new entity will manufacture and supply assemblies for the technology intense commercial aerostructures market. As part of the agreement, Saab will hold 26% stake in line with their objective to strengthen its strategic presence in India. The new entity called “Aero Assemblies India” will be located in Belgaum, Karnataka, India where QuEST Global manages a fully operational Special Economic Zone and houses the QuEST Global Manufacturing division. Facilities for the joint venture will be developed through 2013 and the unit will initially become operational with about 50 employees and is expected to ramp up to over 400 in the near future.
Commenting on the occasion, Aravind Melligeri, Co-Founder and Chairman of QuEST Global says, “With this partnership, QuEST is now well poised to offer its aerospace customers a full range of manufacturing supply chain solutions while achieving our Global Manufacturing growth objectives through 2016 and beyond.”
The new entity has been established with a vision to develop a robust aerospace business that is focused on build-to-print assemblies for the emerging market opportunities in India. In addition to this, its long term goal will be to emerge as an independent unit that would become a cost effective solution provider of choice in the aerostructure assemblies space.
This partnership between the two companies will see knowledge transfer to develop capability building for Assembly, Tooling, Material and Supply Chain as well as technical training for assemblies and sub assemblies. With this, QuEST Global Manufacturing further broadens its offerings in aerospace manufacturing to its customers.
“We’re experiencing increased production rates during the coming years. This partnership will provide a cost-efficient and reliable source of assemblies acting as a complement to Saab’s in-house manufacturing. This is a long-term commitment in a strategically important market for Saab and it further establishes Saab as a global player in the commercial aerostructures market,” says Kjell Johnsson, head of Aerostructures, Saab.
The growing demand for aerospace products and services has propelled the markets to explore partnerships that can offer joint capabilities that are advanced and competitive to its customers. QuEST with its global delivery best practices along with Saab’s strong technology lineage is well poised to be among the few partnerships that will create an indelible impression in the aerospace industry in the years to come.