US-based aircraft engine manufacturer GE has partnered with the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) to set up a Centre of Excellence in the southern state on emerging aviation engine technologies.
“GE will bring its rich 100-year aerospace experience to this CoE. The CoE can leverage GE’s technology and research capabilities in an agile environment. GE’s team will be backed by its India technology centre team located in Bengaluru which has been working on aerospace technology design development for over 20 years.”Vikram Reddy, GM, Aviation Engineering, GE
“An investment of around INR 141.26 crore over five years was proposed to be funded by TIDCO and GE in two phases,” stated a joint press release issued on Monday, April 18.
The Centre of Excellence will work towards technology development of aviation engine parts such as compressor heat exchangers, combustor components, casing, frames, gears, and splines, it noted.
“The GE partnership with government of Tamil Nadu is a significant milestone in the growth of the aerospace and defence ecosystem in the state. With the establishment of this facility, Tamil Nadu will emerge as an aerospace and defence hub for research and development and advanced manufacturing of aerospace parts. The partnership with GE will help attract investments in the defence and aerospace sector in the state.”B Krishnamoorthy, Additional Secretary and Project Director, TIDCO
An operating unit of General Electric, the world’s largest corporation, GE Aviation is a major producer of jet and turboprop engines and components for both commercial and military aircraft.
It also produces integrated digital, electric power and mechanical systems for aircraft. The company has an extensive global service network to support its products, with operations in more than 50 locations worldwide.
The Tamil Nadu government has planned to develop a new airport in the industrial belt of Hosur (in Krishnagiri district and located about 40 km from Bengaluru), and a study on air traffic and other aspects has been ordered, state Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu said on Tuesday, April 19.
The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (TIDCO) has been directed to undertake a study on the air traffic and its growth in surrounding regions, market demand and potential sites for developing an airport in Hosur, which is one of the industrial hubs in the state, he said. TIDCO is in the process of selecting a consultant for undertaking the study.