The first edition of ‘Aerospace and Defence MRO South Asia Summit 2018’ which was
inaugurated in New Delhi attracted major industry players of the MRO industry.
The two-day conference themed as ‘Make
in India- MRO Makes it Happen’ was held at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New
Delhi and discussed favourable factors like Make in India initiative
accelerating the MRO industry in India.
Dr Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president Asia Pacific
and India sales, Boeing, in his keynote said, “One out of every 20 aeroplanes
sold worldwide is to India. That shows the magnanimity of the available
opportunity in the country. The market is here, the growth is here and people
(skilled workforce) are here. This opportunity in MRO should be tapped in
time,” said Keskar.
He continued that Boeing spent 107 million dollars in
building the Nagpur MRO facility which is being run by Air India. He further
said, “The challenges for MRO are infrastructure, finding land, land acquisition,
the higher duties on spare parties etc. Forums like this should collectively
compile the suggestions and submit it to the different ministries.”
The first panel had an electrified discussion on Make in India- MRO Makes it happen.
The high profile panel consisted of Ashish Saraf, VP & Make in India
Officer, Airbus; Kishore Jayaraman, President India and South Asia, Rolls
Royce; Air Marshal JN Burma, PVSM AVSM VSM (Retd), Indian Air Force; Arun
Kashyap, Executive VP Head of Engineering &Maintenance, SpiceJet; Harpreet
de Singh, Exe. Director and Chief of Flight Safety, Air India: M Balakrishnan,
Consultant, Air India Engineering Services Limited; Amber Dubey, partner and head
of Aerospace and Defence, KPMG.
The first day of the conference also saw deliberations
on subjects like a) ‘Defence MRO- Seizing the big opportunity’ b) ‘Internet of
things, Big data analytics & Artificial Intelligence: strong tailwinds for
future MRO’ c) ‘Key business drivers shaping the global MRO market in the next
The second day will see discussions on regulatory and
government policy framework supporting Indian MRO and building a robust
logistics and supply chain infrastructure for India’s civil & defence MRO.
Aerospace and Defence MRO
South Asia Summit 2018 has been organised
by The STAT Trade Times and
is supported by Air India
Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) and Aeronautical Society of India. The
conference also has Ultra Aerospace,
Ramco Systems, Compass Law Associates, and Avion World as partners.