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GKN Fokker venture to set up aircraft wiring facility in Pune

Wired for take off: The Pune site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft.

Wired for take off: The Pune site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft.   | Photo Credit: MARK BLINCH

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$10-million unit to go live in first quarter of 2019, employ 800 by 2027

GKN Fokker Elmo has signed an MoU with Maharashtra government to set up its second manufacturing facility for wiring interconnection systems in India with an investment of $10 million.

The new site, a fully owned GKN Aerospace business, is located in Pune and production will start in the subsequent quarter and the workforce is expected to grow to 800 in 2027.

Commercial aircraft

The site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft and will operate alongside the the existing facility for wiring systems in Bengaluru which is serving the defence market.

The plans also include the installation of its proprietary wiring design and manufacturing system that comprises a unique tool that is rolled out globally at all manufacturing locations worldwide to ensure the same quality everywhere across plants. GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy have made significant investment in India in recent years. The three firms operate across eight locations in India with 2,000 employees.

‘First own facility’

“This electrical wiring systems site will be the first aerospace facility fully owned by us in India,” said John Pritchard, CEO, Aerostructures and Systems Europe and Asia.

“The growth of the aerospace industry in India is robust and we need to be close to our customers. We look forward to the opening of the site at the end of this year,” he said.

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