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Local aerospace manufacturers were told to upgrade their existing machinery to produce components with high precision and efficiency, as sought by the armed forces, at an interactive session held by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Trichy zone. The meeting was conducted between industrialists and experts in aerospace manufacturing sector on Monday, carrying forward the momentum of the city being named in the Tamil Nadu defence corridor.
Addressing a gathering of industrialists from various sectors, including from heavy engineering and sheet metal fabrications, Dr K Tamilmani, former director general of DRDO (aero) said, “Special machinery might be required to ensure precision and efficiency in manufacturing defence products particularly in aerospace. Skill development of existing workforce should be upgraded for which facilities like NIT- Trichy will come handy for industrialists here.”

Stating that the investment will be high for manufacturing with precision, the former DRDO scientist said that consortium approach of like-minded industrialists and frequent discussions will help manufacturers here to comprehend the strengths of Trichy- based industrial ecosystem. While Coimbatore was cited to lead the way in aerospace manufacturing, presence of government defence institutes here such as Ordnance Factory of Tiruchirappalli (OFT) and Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project (HAPP) are touted to be helpful for industries here to garner contracts for manufacturing components that could be outsourced by institutes.
“Trade bodies here can approach the Union government to provide common facility centre in Trichy for promoting the skills of workers besides other infrastructure including labs. Trichy has already established an engineering background which can be well utilised for the defence corridor,” Tamilmani added.
Informing on the opportunities available in the present aerospace manufacturing sector, Tamilmani said that helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufacturing sectors would fetch good demand in coming years for rescue and reconnaissance operations. While Uttar Pradesh has also been facilitated with a defence corridor, Tamil Nadu’s defence corridor connecting Chennai-Trichy-Salem-Coimbatore-Hosur cities was cited to have an edge over others, considering that the industries already exist here.
Experts in defence manufacturing advised the trade bodies to host frequent meetings and workshops for identifying potential sectors.


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