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CII inks MoU with Wolverhampton City Council for Aerospace sector cooperation Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Bangalore: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Wolverhampton City Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the aerospace sector in addition to assisting each other in the promotion and development of business opportunities and overseas investment, between India and UK.

"Wolverhampton has a 1000 year manufacturing history," said Simon Warren, Chief Executive, Wolverhampton City Council, who is leading the delegation to Bangalore. The delegation identified Bangalore as a city that has similar sectors and business interests.

Wolverhampton hosts four major tier one suppliers to aerospace - Goodrich, Moog, HS-Marston & Timken - manufacturing products, ranging from heat transfer and fluid management to fly-by wire actuation systems and anti-friction bearings. The Tier ones supported by a 200 strong supply chain. The Aerospace sector in particular, plays a major part in Wolverhampton’s economy – and has the largest cluster of aerospace 1st tier suppliers in the West Midlands.

Aroon Raman, Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council said that though there are many companies involved in precision manufacturing with excellent quality standards, a good number of them still lack domain knowledge in aerospace.

Professor Richard Hall, Associate Dean and Professor of Engineering Design & Simulation at the University of Wolverhampton said that a research and technology center could be set up in Bangalore, where trainers could specify what exactly the OEMs need. This could lead to a top-down driven acquisition of domain knowledge.

The University of Wolverhampton has delivered collaborative R&D and skilled graduates to aerospace companies within the Midland, including Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.

The delegation aims to promote Wolverhampton City as a place for investment and explore the R&D capacity, graduate access, training, skill and CPD opportunities available.

"We are not really looking only at inward investment, but long term collaboration," said Jay Patel, Head of Economic Development, Wolverhampton City Council.

Simon Warren said that they were looking at bringing the SC21 programme, a specialist business support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service, to India.

In the coming days the delegation will be visiting and  meeting officials from companies like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, National Aerospace Laboratories, Dynamatic and other advanced engineering businesses. The delegation will also host business events specifically targeted at the aerospace sector and the supply chain companies.

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