The Tata group is displaying its end-to-end design to manufacturing capabilities at the Aero India 2015, the 10th international show on ‘Make in India’ in Aerospace, Defence, Civil Aviation, Airport Infrastructure and Defence Engineering, beginning on February 18, at Bengaluru. These include a range of solutions in the Defence and Aerospace sector in areas such as design, engineering, programme management, manufacturing and product lifecycle management, among others.
Defence and Aerospace is a focus area of the Tata group. The combined order book of Tata companies operating in the sector is over Rs. 10,000 crores (over US$ 1.6 bn) and, in 2013-14 alone, these companies have invested over Rs.320 crores (over US$50 million) in their respective businesses. Their expected revenue from the sector for FY15 is over Rs 2,500 crores (over USD$ 400 mn).
This year, nine Tata companies namely Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED), Tata Motors, Tata Advanced Materials Limited, Tata Steel (Specialty Steel business in Europe), Tata Technologies, TAL Manufacturing Solutions Limited, Titan Company (Precision Engineering Division) and Tata Consultancy Services are exhibiting their expertise and offerings at Aero India, Asia’s premier Air Show. Several of these companies work collaboratively to provide convergent defence solutions, and thus meet multiple requirements of their customers.
According to Dr. Mukund Rajan, Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, “Aero India 2015 is an international platform to demonstrate India’s expertise in the Defence and Aerospace sector, and the Tata group is very pleased to showcase its capabilities and offerings here. Tatas have had a long association with the Indian defence and aerospace sector, and Tata companies have progressively built a substantial presence by addressing the country’s needs and becoming suppliers to global partners.”
Tata companies in the Defence & Aerospace sector:
Tata Advanced Systems, a 100% Tata Sons owned company in Defence, Aerospace and Homeland Security. It has an order book of over Rs.4,500 crores signed with global OEMs and Indian customers, which includes supplying key systems such as the command and control for the medium range surface to air missile being co-developed between India and Israel as well as manufacturing and assembling critical parts of helicopters and aircraft in India for global OEMs such as Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, RUAG and Pilatus.
Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (Tata Power SED) has a constant focus on R&D and innovation, and has successfully designed, developed and delivered many indigenous products and systems that serve the Indian Armed Forces today. It is a matter of great pride that Tata Power SED’s Pinaka Multi-barrel Launcher System and the Army-version of the Akash Missile Launcher found a place in the Republic Day Parade, this year. The recent Agni V Missile launch took place from Tata Power SED’s indigenously designed Transporter – cum – Tilter Mobile Road Launcher System, in collaboration with the Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (DRDO).
Tata Advanced Materials Ltd. (TAML), a subsidiary of Tata Industries Limited, is a pioneer & leader in composite solutions and manufacturing, catering to the global aerospace, space, defence and industrial markets. With state-of-the-art facilities, technology and processes, TAML has all the required know-how for undertaking ‘Design to Build’ solutions for the global market adhering to global quality standards. TAML provides its customer with unprecedented quality and innovative engineering solutions using advanced composite materials, also being the first Indian company to be certified for NADCAP in composite manufacturing.
Tata Technologies is a pioneer in providing Engineering & IT solutions. The company combines a global network of innovation experts, program managers and highly skilled engineers for aircraft engineering and design solutions. With operations spread across 27 countries, it is currently working with 12 of the Top 15 Aerospace OEMs and over 100 companies across the global aerospace supply chain. The company has won and successfully executed several engineering services contracts from leading aircraft manufacturers, such as Airbus, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, and Piaggio Aero.
TAL Manufacturing Solutions Limited (TAL) is a 100% Tata Motors owned company and is focused on offering cost-effective and total solutions in the field of engineering and manufacturing. TAL is the only supplier outside the US to have successfully absorbed advanced composite production technology for the manufacture and assembly of the Advanced Composite Floor Beam for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. By 2018, the company is looking at supplying more than 120,000 parts and assemblies to the world’s leading aircraft and engine programmes – the 787Dreamliner, the A320 family, the Pratt & Whitney New Generation Product Family and the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and Trent XWB.
Tata Motors has been associated with the country's defence and security forces, for over 60 years, and has supplied over 1,00,000 vehicles to the Indian military and paramilitary forces in the logistic segment, so far. The company’s products and services also meet stringent requirements of global markets. The current range of defence vehicles now also includes Armoured Personnel Carriers, Multi Axle 6x6 / 8x8 / 12x12 weapon platforms, Light Specialist vehicles (LSV), Crash Fire Tender (CFT), Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV), Armoured vehicles for VVIPs and Light Armoured Troop Carrier (LATC) moving strategically from being a logistics support provider to combat vehicle player.
Tata Consultancy Services: For over two decades now, TCS Aerospace has been working as an extended engineering arm of global aerospace industry – from new product development, sustenance engineering, upgrades and maintenance. TCS Aerospace works as an integral part of Airframers, Aero engine OEMs, Systems and Interior OEMs, Tier companies, Airlines and Completion centers.
Titan Company Limited is a significant player in the precision engineering segment since 2002, leveraging its high precision manufacturing pedigree in watch making. The company’s Precision Engineering Division has four segments: Precision components & sub-assemblies, Automation Solutions, Tooling Solutions and PCB Assembly. These divisions cater to various aerospace industry needs including components & sub-assemblies, conceptualising, designing and building special purpose machines that automate assemblies, testing, inspection, etc., tooling solutions and prototyping and assembly of PCBs.
Tata Steel (Specialty Steel business in Europe) has an outstanding reputation for supplying high-integrity alloys to major commercial and military aerospace programmes around the world using bespoke supply chain solutions. The company’s products, delivered as ingot, bar and cut pieces, are used in the production engine components, landing gear, controls, aerostructure and helicopter rotor components. Alongside the company’s world-class UK based manufacturing facilities, its product and process specialists are acclaimed around the world for their knowledge of materials and their end application. These are supported by the company’s dedicated Aerospace Service Centres in the UK and China.
About the Tata group:
The Tata group’s core purpose is to improve the quality of life of the communities it serves globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on leadership with trust. Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise headquartered in India, and comprises over 100 operating companies, with operations in more than 100 countries across six continents, exporting products and services to over 150 countries. The revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $103.27 billion (around Rs624,757 crore) in 2013-14, with 67.2 percent of this coming from businesses outside India. Tata companies employ over 581,000 people worldwide. Good corporate citizenship is part of the Tata group’s DNA. Sixty six percent of the equity of Tata Sons, the promoter holding company, is held by philanthropic trusts, thereby returning wealth to society. As a result of this unique ownership structure and ethos of serving the community, the Tata name has been respected for more than 140 years and is trusted for its adherence to strong values and business ethics. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently and has its own board of directors and shareholders, to whom it is answerable. There are 32 publicly-listed Tata enterprises and they have a combined market capitalisation of about $130.4 billion (as on February 12, 2015), and a shareholder base of 3.9 million. Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services , Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels.