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Written by James   
Friday, 29 October 2010
Bangalore: CIM Tools Pvt. Ltd, engaged in the manufacturing of precision parts for aircraft industries, has signed a contract with Saab Aerostructures for the manufacture of machined components for the Boeing 787. This is the third work package to be placed with CIM in Bangalore.  They are already manufacturing components for the A320 and A380 programmes on Saab's behalf.

"Our presence in India, and in particular the establishment of manufacturing operations in a competitive low-cost environment, is vitally important for us to meet our business objectives," says Stefan Rönnmark, VP and Head of Sourcing & Supply.

A happy Kerstin Vuopio, Strategic Purchaser in Saabs Boeing-team, handing over the signed contract to G S Srikanth, Head of Business Development at CIM."The need to have access to low cost suppliers in order to fulfill customer demands is something that is happening throughout the industry. You have to continually work to lower costs without compromising on quality and performance," he added.

The contract also means that Aerostructures is moving production from the USA to India. Aerostructures initiated a co-operation with Indian suppliers a couple of years ago. Apart from the co-operation with CIM Tools, it has also placed and industrialized work packages with two other Indian companies with the ability to produce metallic and composite work packages.

"The contract is a key step in Saab's continual work to lower costs," Saab said in a statement.

Aerostructures currently develops and manufactures Ailerons for the Airbus A320, Wing fixed leading-edge outboard of inner engine nacelles for the Airbus A380, Wings - Mid and outer leading edge for A380F freighter version and Large cargo doors, bulk cargo door & access doors for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

It's manufactured product categories include Aircraft Doors, Aircraft Flooring and Wings.

"To establish a supply chain in India has not been without headaches, but given the position we have reached today, the long and winding road has given us immense knowledge and experiences from the companies, the setting-up of a supply chain, the culture and the opportunities and problems you meet. The new contract with CIM Tools is a good sign of the potential we see with India and its supply chain and it is a vital step in our next step in the development of our co-operation," it added.

"CIM is a relatively small company, yet it has excellent machinery, tremendous commitment and a strong customer focus. Thus far, they have lived up to our expectations and they have shown that they really do want to strive ahead and develop a partnership with us," says Stefan Rönnmark.

CIM Tools Pvt. Ltd is also a qualified vendor to Goodrich, Safran Group and Magellan Aerospace.

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