Tata Motors arm TAL Manufacturing Solutions has inaugurated a Rs 100 crore assembly shop at its Nagpur-based facility for aerospace business. With a manufacturing area of 96,000 sq ft and investment of over Rs 100 crore, the facility has equipment to support technologies such as fluid cell forming, extrusion stretch wrapping, and high speed machining of intricate parts along with facilities for assembly. "We have set up this new generic facility to build some of the most demanding structures of an aircraft with the help of globally benchmarked manufacturing technology. This facility will help us in delivering global quality and cost effective aerospace components & assemblies," TAL ED and CEO Rajesh Khatri said in a statement. The facility has been built to primarily execute the supply emanating from the RUAG TAL contract and is equipped to manufacture, assemble and supply over 50,000 precision parts and assemblies every month. RUAG Aero-structures, a global tier-1 supplier to Airbus, awarded a multi-year USD 150 million contract to TAL in 2014 for supply of precision machined and sheet metal parts for the Airbus A320 family of aircrafts. "We treat the inauguration of this new facility as the first step in our realization of making TAL a part of our strategic supply base," RUAG Aero-structures Vice President Supply Chain and Logistics Alfons Kaspar said. "Our challenge is to help TAL ramp-up quickly and stabilize production, so that we can look beyond parts and sub-assemblies into larger and complex assemblies," he added. The company is looking at exploiting the potential and capabilities that TAL has built up in composites, which will complement RUAG's offerings and give an unbeatable value proposition across metallic and composite aero structures, Kaspar said.
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