TWI was among a group of UK aerospace companies that took part in a UK government-organised mission to India earlier this month.
Corporate Development Manager Chris Wiseman joined the mission for a five-day series of events relevant to the aerospace sector, timed to coincide with Aero India 2015, the country's largest aerospace exhibition and air show.
India's aviation industry is undergoing sustained growth, which is expected to continue to outpace the global average for the next decade. To accommodate this growth, the country is predicted to require more than 850 new aeroplanes over the next 20 years, worth an estimated $72.6 billion. A sizeable opportunity exists for UK aerospace supply chain companies to help meet some of this demand.
The mission, organised by UK Trade & Investment in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), aimed to bring together UK and Indian aerospace companies for a demonstration of UK capability. TWI's focus for the event was on raising awareness of its training and technology transfer services, which have the potential to provide substantial support for India's aerospace supply chain.
As well as attending Aero India 2015, the delegation also took part in a one-day workshop and networking event, and received a briefing from Airbus on the aircraft manufacturer's perspective on the industry and plans for the Indian market.
TWI already works with many leading aerospace companies to provide manufacturing support and solutions, including high-integrity joining techniques and lightweight components. Last week's trade mission will help establish relationships that put it in a position to share this expertise and technology with the Indian aerospace sector in the coming years.
TWI has a significant presence on the subcontinent, including a number of training centres and a technical support centre to serve Indian Member companies.
On a separate visit in January, Mr Wiseman represented TWI at India's largest welding conference, the Indian Institute of Welding's National Welding Seminar. His presentation to 400 delegates on 'Advances in joining and surfacing engineering technologies', with a particular focus on developments pertinent to the automotive and oil and gas sectors, was well received.
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