SIDM Defence Industry Delegation to Paris Air Show
SIDM led a 17-member delegation to the 2019 Paris Air Show. The delegation comprised of representatives from 11 companies namely Ananth Technologies, EC Blades and Tools, Garg Associates, LPS Bossard / Universal Precision Screws, Samvardhana Motherson Adsys Tech Ltd, Sundram Fasteners Ltd, Supreme Special Steels, UniMech Aerospace and Manufacturing and Veer O Metals. The delegation was jointly led by Mr S P Shukla, Member of the Group Executive Board & Group President, Mahindra Group and Lt Gen A V Subramanian (Retd), President, Lakshmi Machine Works- Advanced Technology Centre. These companies represent a diverse range of sectors such as fasteners, sheet metal cutting, CNC machines, Wires, precision machining, tooling & component manufacturers, Electronics, laser & optical systems and Torque motors & actuators.
At the show, the delegation held meetings with major OEMs to explore business opportunities through offsets or by getting into their supply chain. These OEMs included Dassault, Safran, MBDA, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Elbit, Israel Aerospace Industries, UVision, Aeronautics, Rafael. The delegation also visited an Airbus Helicopter facility where helicopter blades are manufactured.
During the visit, SIDM organised a seminar together with its French counterpart Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS). The French Ambassador to India His Excellency Mr Alexandre Ziegler addressing the seminar said that France is very keen on working with the new government in India to deepen the industrial relations in defence as well as civilian aerospace sectors. France is India's oldest strategic partner and a significant one for defence and aerospace equipment, "not just as a supplier but as a true partner", he said, addressing the seminar. He added that the "Make in India" programme has been a reality for the French industry, particularly for defence equipment such as helicopters, missiles, submarines, aircraft engines and others. The Ambassador highlighted that almost 60 French aeronautical companies have already set up physical offices or facilities in India and 15 GIFAS member groups and companies have set up industrial sites in India or have opened sales offices since GIFAS led an outward mission to India in April 2018 to strengthen Indo-French aerospace cooperation. In fact, even GIFAS has opened its own office in New Delhi and set up a GIFAS India Committee to advise on developing partnerships with Indian industry players.
The delegation also met with the new Director of SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General (Ret.) Yair Kulas who was very appreciative of India-Israel industry relationships.