NEW VISTAS OF INDIAN A&D - 2013
“NEW VISTAS OF INDIAN A&D”
A STRATEGIC OUTLOOK FOR AEROSPACE & DEFENSE IN GLOBAL CONTEXT – ISSUES & SOLUTIONS
SAE India Bangalore Section and the SAE India Aerospace Board in collaboration with Indo-French Chamber of Commerce (IFCCI) organized a panel discussion on “New Vistas of Indian A&D” – A Strategic Outlook for Aerospace & Defense in Global Context – Issues & Solutions. This interactive-discussion program was organized a day prior to the Aero India 2013 air show to educate the participants on the current scenario of the Indian A&D Industry. It was held at Fortune Select JP Cosmos, Cunningham Crescent road on the 5th of February from 9 AM to 3 PM. The strategic discussion event was supported by Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR) and the Knowledge Partner - Assystem.
The aerospace industry is undergoing a global transformation. The aerospace supply chain is on the course of evolution with new players emerging outside the traditional aerospace dominating regions of the world like USA, France, Germany and the UK. In this transforming backdrop, India is witnessing its own growth. Several reports have been published on the potential in both military and commercial sector of aerospace in India due to the growing demands in the country. It is true that with potential and opportunities come challenges. India is expected to cater to a booming Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry in the coming decade, but as with every opportunity there will be challenges faced across various areas in the industry.
“New Vistas of Indian A&D” - this strategic level discussion program explored the way forward for the A&D Industry and aimed to seek solutions to the various issues and challenges faced by the industry. The discussion sessions provided a platform to foster honest debates on the current scenario in the Industry. The panelists responded to the issues faced by the visiting delegates creating an interactive environment with a hope to find strategic solutions.
Each panel consisted of members representing various elements of the industry. The representatives ranged from the big players in the industry to the MSMEs, the Industry Think Tanks and so on. Each panel was headed by a panel chair whose responsibility was to direct the discussions in the direction of obtaining answers to a few important questions floating around in the industry. The program concluded with a ‘Plan of Action’ session laying down the road-map of activities addressing the issues of the industry by few key industry development organizations.
The first panel, chaired by Mr. Damodaran SUBRAMANIAN from SAFRAN Engineering Services set the discussions moving forward, by charting down the expectations of the global OEMs like AIRBUS, SAFRAN and MOOG Aerospace. The panel members shared their perspectives and experience in the Indian market citing important issues like “readiness” of the workforce, capabilities to deliver special processes related services, lack of patience in building long term partnerships and the high- unreal aspirations of Indian players. The second panel headed by Dr. Bala K. BHARARVAJ from Boeing India R&T answered the questions and reservations raised in the first session. The panel members were of the opinion that the earlier success of IT and the automotive sector in India has led to the rise of similar expectations from the Aerospace industry by discounting the fact that the life cycle in aerospace is of much larger timelines. Another key reason for the issues faced in the industry is mainly because of shortage of skilled labour that can be productive. One of the important solutions that came out of the discussion was to use a model of collaborative approach amongst different stakeholders in the industry to win continuous-long-term projects. The discussion nicely moved to the third session headed by Mr. Munirathnam JAVAJI from Assystem where NASSCOM, KPMG and IFCPAR shared insights of various activities, policies and frameworks developed across different areas to mainly upgrade the skill levels of the Indian workforce, both present and future. Along with the need to focus on skill-development, all the sessions had a common thread in the form of necessity to focus on trusted partnerships and collaborations to improve the technical and people infrastructure of the Indian Aerospace & Defense Industry. The discussions ended with the members of SAE India Aerospace Board, Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR) and the French clusters SYSTEMATIC and ASTECH sharing an open floor with the audience. The panel shared the best practices from Europe and India to develop the technological backbone of the industry through focus on research and skill development at Universities.