Mumbai: Tata Group-controlled TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd (TAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, has dispatched 5,000th Advanced Composite Floor Beam (ACFB) to plane maker Boeing Co. for its 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.
These ACFBs are shipped out of the aerospace manufacturing facility located in MIHAN SEZ, Nagpur.
Currently, TAL is the only non-US facility to supply ACFBs to Boeing for its 787-9 Dreamliner, and it will also supply this component to the soon-to-be-built 787-10 Dreamliner. The ACFBs are shipped to Boeing partners in Italy, Japan and the US.
“We are despatching the 5000th advanced composite floor beam for Boeing 787s-9s and Boeing 787-10. The 787-10 is yet to be manufactured. TAL was given the order for the first five 787-19 floor beams because of its reliable and impeccable delivery and quality performance,” Rajesh Khatri, executive director and chief executive officer, TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd.
TAL is six months ahead of its original schedule of despatch of floor beams.
“We have invested over Rs.250 crore at the Boeing-dedicated facility in Nagpur. We started commercial production in March 2015,” he said.
Khatri said TAL has a headcount of 880 in Pune and Nagpur, of which 550 are based in Nagpur.
Boeing India President, Pratyush Kumar, called it a major milestone not just for Boeing and TAL, but also for India.
TAL did not disclose the value of the contract.
The Tata firm is associated with other original equipment manufacturers. “We are associated with the A (Airbus) and B (Boeing) of aircraft manufacturing,” Khatri said.
TAL has signed a contract aerospace firm RUAG for supplying parts that will go into A320 planes made by Airbus SAS.
The contract with RUAG is worth $170 million for making 550 sheet metal, machine parts and sub assemblies, which are fitted in to the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.
“We are exclusive suppliers for these parts for RUAG,” Khatri said.
TAL is also working on robots for commercial purpose.
“We are working towards the formal commercial launch of robots, TAL BRABO!,” Khatri said.
All three will help us to develop a sustainable and profitable business model enabling TAL to clock a five-fold increase in revenue of over Rs.1,000 crore from Rs.224 crore over the next five years, he said.
He added that TAL would also increase headcount to 1,250 from its current 880.
Aerospace is profitable and robotics will also turn profitable from next year, once commercial production starts, he said.
“TAL is working with next generation aerospace technology with two leading airplane makers. We intend to be the market leader in civil aerospace manufacturing and among the top three aerospace manufacturers in India,” Khatri added.