New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Global aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing on Tuesday awarded a titanium forging contract for its 777X aircraft to Bharat Forge, recognising the technical expertise of the Indian company.
“They (Bharat Forge) have demonstrated not only a high level of technical expertise, but also an understanding of the need to meet market requirements for affordability,” said a statement from Boeing, citing its India president Pratyush Kumar.
The Pune-headquartered Bharat Forge has already been supplying titanium forged flap tracks to Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft.
There is also an arrangement between the two companies to supply forgings for Boeing 737 Max aircraft scheduled to enter service in 2017, the statement said.
Using a closed die forging process, Bharat Forge will develop and manufacture the titanium forgings, first two of which have been scheduled to be shipped to Boeing late in 2016, followed by two more in early 2017, the statement said.
“This second contract is the result of our successful partnership with Boeing and brings to forefront our capabilities in precision manufacturing techniques to offer high end technology and value in the aerospace sector,” the statement said, citing Subodh Tandale, executive director, Bharat Forge.
Bharat Forge will be supplying critical wing components for one of the most advanced Boeing aircrafts, added Tandale.
Committing to make India a part of its global aerospace supply chain, Boeing India, along with Bharat Forge, also wants to realise the full potential of ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Operating in India for the past 75 years, Boeing has forging contracts with suppliers in Asia, Europe, Russia and North America.