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Dec 15 2016 (08:50)  Railways, IAF show interest in procuring components from Coimbatore companies (
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COIMBATORE: Indian Air Force and the Indian Railways are keen on tying up with companies in Coimbatore to procure components for aircraft maintenance and manufacturing signal and telecommunication products, respectively.
Railways and IAF are taking part in the micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) -organised three-day national vendor development programme in the city.
The Indian Air Force is in need of aircraft components for ground maintenance. "The aircraft that the IAF has are old and in no longer use in other countries. So, we are unable to procure spares for their maintenance," said
an Air Force official. "Spares like rubber washers, bolts and nuts, and other mechanical components. There are industries in the city that can help us provide these parts," the official added.
Industries are unaware about the specifications of the aircraft components. "But, we are willing to help the industries. And, as far as funding is concerned, the Centre is willing to provide the money to design the product. Irrespective of its success or failure, the financial aid will be provided to the industrialists," the official said.
"There is not much effort that the industries will have to put to meet our standards. For instance, pump manufacturers making rubber washers can tweak their products to meet IAF standards," the senior officer of IAF said.
While the IAF called for support from the industries, they also urged educational institutions to extend their support. "Not many colleges or universities offer aeronautical engineering. Only cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai have good institutes. There is need for better higher education infrastructure to get technical support for the IAF," the officer said.
The Indian Railways too is looking for a similar partnership with the city's industries. An official of the railways said, "There are 16 components that the signal and telecommunications workshop manufactures. But, nearly 70% of the materials' procurement is made from industries in Kolkata."
Railways, that has set up a stall in the national vendor development programme, is willing to allow industries to visit the workshop and get an idea of the manufacturing process.
MSME along with the Coimbatore SIDCO Industrial Manufacturers' Welfare Association (COSIEMA) organised a three-day fair for the SMEs at Padmavathiammal Auditorium. Coir Board chairman, C P Radhakrishnan inaugurated the fair.
The fair had a total of 82 stalls, of which 15 were by PSUs. COSIEMA president, M V Loganathan, said, "The PSUs were allowed to set up stalls for free, and they are looking for sellers. While the rest are private industries who have setup their stall paying the subsidised fees charged by the MSME, and are looking for buyers."
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