SIDM & CII's OFB Vendor Development Programme
India has a long legacy of defence production, most of which has been championed by the Indian Ordnance Factories - a group of 41 Ordnance Factories under the aegis of its corporate headquarters Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Kolkata. Ordnance Factories possess the unique distinction of over 200 years of experience in defence production and are engaged in production, testing, logistics, research, development and marketing of a comprehensive product range in the domains of land, sea and air systems.
Over the last few years, private sector companies in the Indian defence manufacturing industry have grown not just in numbers but also in capability. The 41 Ordnance Factories spanning the country already outsource production of various components and subcomponents to small or medium scale enterprises.
With the view of optimising efficiency, speeding up production and energising the Indian defence manufacturing sector SIDM organised a ‘Vendor Development Programme’ at the Ordnance Gun Carriage Factory in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, 19 June 2019. The broad focus areas of the programme were vendor base enhancement for Ordnance Factories, cluster development, private sector involvement in opportunities for indigenisation and platform level sharing of orders. The workshop brought together senior officials from 4 Ordnance Factories in and around Jabalpur, namely:
- Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ)
- Ordnance Factory Khamaria, Jabalpur (OFK)
- Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur (GCF)
- Grey Iron Foundry, Jabalpur (GIF)
The half-day programme was flagged off by RAdm AK Verma (Retd), Principal Adviser, SIDM who explained the objective of the programme, gave a comprehensive overview of the Indian Defence Sector and discussed the business opportunities available to the private industry in Defence. The programme was attended by heads of all four factories who gave a comprehensive overview of the business opportunities available with their factories.
Senior officials from all four factories who oversee procurement and vendor registration made detailed presentations to share their procurement and production requirements. In addition, the programme also had a session on other business opportunities available to existing as well as new vendors in defence production.
Mr Rajendra Ingale, Senior Counsellor – Manufacturing Excellence at the CII Centre of Excellence for Competitiveness for SMEs, made a special presentation to brief the participants about the various services offered by the Centre to help MSMEs refine their manufacturing processes and enhance their competency.