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Airbus inks strategic agreements with QuEST Global Engg and CADES Digitech Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Thursday, 09 June 2011
Bangalore: Airbus as signed strategic agreements with QuEST Global Engineering and CADES Digitech to set up dedicated centres for design of aircraft components and other engineering services. This is part of the Airbus strategy to broaden it's international supplier footprint in line with EADS's vision 2020.

QuEST will focus on Airbus Wing and Pylon engineering activities, while CADES on Airbus Fuselage engineering activities. Both the companies will have offices in Europe, and dedicated centres in India.

QuEST and CADES, are both, existing EADS Engineering Strategic Suppliers. The new agreement aims to consolidate engineering services already bought from several suppliers, and to focus the development of competences with these two Indian suppliers.

"On top of our Airbus Engineering Centre in Bangalore, these new long term partnerships demonstrate our commitment to support and benefit from India's flourishing aerospace sector," Airbus VP, Industrial Cooperation for Asia-Pacific and Middle-East Dr Srinivasan Dwarakanath said.

"India is a strategic country for Airbus and with these agreements we are increasing our already substantial industrial footprint in the country," he added.

Robert Nardini, Airbus VP & Head of Fuselage Engineering Centre of Excellence (CoE) said that the selection process of this agreement was driven by the experience and quality performance of Indian suppliers.

In January this year IndiGo had placed an order for 180 Airbus A-320 upgraded aircrafts, to be delivered from 2015 - the largest aircraft deal in the world. Now Wadia group-owned low-cost airline GoAir (India) Pvt. Ltd is rumoured to place a fresh order for 50-70 Airbus A320 aircraft at the Paris Air Show that starts on 20 June.

The Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI) and Airbus Training India (ATI) currently employ over 200 engineers. This number is expected to reach 400 by 2012.

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