Sunday, June 20, 2021

India’s MRO – Air Works to offer 3D printing services for the aerospace and Defence market

by Staff Correspondent

Air Works, India’s largest independent MRO and aviation services major, has joined hands with leading additive manufacturing-engineering services (AM-ESP) provider, Objectify Technologies, to serve the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industry by leveraging 3D technologies.

This alliance marks a strategic shift in Air Works’ business focus as the company looks to not only expand its portfolio beyond aviation to aerospace & defense but to also transition from its erstwhile role as an aviation services provider into a holistic aviation solutions provider.

As part of the collaboration, both Air Works and Objectify Technologies will identify and pursue business opportunities in the Aerospace and Defense industry, as reported. Portfolio to include the requirements of commercial, private jet owners, or operators, globally.

Given their unique advantages, 3D technologies, especially 3D printing, has been witnessing increasing global adoption in recent years, especially in the aviation, aerospace, and defense industries. 3D printing uses a variety of complex, new generation compounds and polymers (3D materials) with special characteristics to offer extensive customization in product design including printing and production of parts/ sub-parts and even entire assemblies, which are either difficult, prohibitively expensive or cannot be manufactured by traditional manufacturing processes. Compared to the traditional methods, which are both time-consuming and voluminous, 3D printing saves time, and money and suits on-demand manufacturing.

Commenting on the strategic alliance, Mr. D Anand Bhaskar, MD & CEO of Air Works said, “We are excited to join hands with Objectify Technologies – a domain specialist and the country’s leading additive manufacturing-engineering services player. 3D printing technologies are fast coming of age and seeing extensive adoption across the manufacturing industry. Increasingly, even global aviation, aerospace and defense industries are inching towards reaping complete benefits of this emerging technology. Our partnership with Objectify Technologies reflects our commitment to always offer the latest and the best in-class solutions to our customers in the aviation fraternity. I am confident that this collaboration will benefit the entire spectrum of our customers across business and executive aviation, commercial airlines and the defense sector.“

“The collaboration also signals the transformation of business on the part of Air Works, which has 70 years of rich aviation legacy, to address upcoming opportunities in the Aerospace and Defense sector, broadening our value proposition by investing in partnerships that allow us to offer cutting-edge technologies,” he further added.

As per the current arrangement, while Air Works will manage regulatory compliances for Civil and Defense segments, Objectify Technologies will contribute with design and manufacturing capabilities. The arrangement also provides for both parties to also team up for exploring opportunities in other base materials, manufacturing technologies, and industry segments in the future.

“3D printing technology and materials are increasingly gaining relevance across industries given their good strength-to-weight ratio, excellent dimensional accuracy, strength and stiffness, lightness, wear resistance, good thermal performance, and Non-corrosiveness. As a pioneer, Air Works occupies a fundamental place in the Indian aviation ecosystem, and we are proud and privileged to partner with the country’s leading aviation services provider having a domain experience of over 70 years. Our alliance with Air Works will put us in an enviable position to address the challenges of not just aviation but also those of the fast-growing aerospace and defense sectors using our collective synergies.” said Ankit Sahu, Director of Objectify Technologies Private Ltd.

Objectify Technologies, which counts Pratt & Whitney, HAL, ISRO, Collins Aerospace, Indian Air Force (IAF), and DRDO as some of its clients, aims to serve the global aerospace industry in partnership with Air Works, to optimize their costs at a time when the industry is going through challenging times amid the COVID pandemic.

Air Works is not only India’s largest provider of Line Maintenance services to global airlines but is certified to maintain more than 50 types of aircraft, making it also the most diversified MRO in the country with a pan-India presence in 27 locations with more than 1500 employees. It also provides commercial aircraft asset management services, avionics, and aircraft finishing services apart from MRO-related offerings. Its customers include both civil (fixed wing + rotary wing) and military customers apart from global OEMs, commercial airlines, business aviation companies, and leading global lessors.

Reputed for its excellent workmanship and attention to detail, Air Works is highly trusted by the aviation industry for its reliability and has executed and delivered several industry and country-first projects in the field of aviation maintenance including structural works, avionics as well as design.

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