Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, the global hydraulics business of Wipro Ltd, on Tuesday unveiled an aerospace actuator manufacturing facility at the Devanahalli Special Economic Zone near Bangalore International Airport.

In the first phase, the plant, set up in a 7.2 acre campus with an initial investment of Rs 650 million, will have an initial capacity to produce 2,000 actuators a year, the company said.

The existing infrastructure allows for expansion of the capacity up to 8,000 actuators per annum.

Aerospace actuators have various applications in an aircraft, including landing gear, flight control systems, engines and utilities.

The facility was inaugurated earlier today by Wipro Chairman Azim Premji in the presence of Klaus Richter (Executive Vice President - Procurement Head EADS/Airbus), M N Vidyashankar (Principal Secretary - Commerce & Industry, Government of Karnataka), among others.

“Our vision is to build a significant presence in the aerospace and defence market, leveraging on our experience and competence in precision engineering and machining space. Going forward, we see significant opportunities from this business,” said Pratik Kumar, President, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering.

In May 2011, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering signed an agreement with Spanish company CESA (Compania Espanola de Sistemas Aeronauticos S.A.), a subsidiary of the global Aerospace and Defence Corporation, EADS, for the manufacture of precision engineering components.

The pact involves transfer of technology as well as manufacturing aerospace actuators and related precision engineering components by Wipro for CESA.

Wipro Infrastructure Engineering plans to double the initial investment over the next six years to expand capacity and add new product lines in precision manufactured components, the company said.

The unit will commence serial production in April.