The indigenisation of the advance materials is a key to the aerospace manufacturing in India. When it comes to aerospace raw material be it aluminium, titanium, plastics or composites there is wide capability gap in the country and therefore industries especially in private sector must come forward to boost aerospace manufacturing in the country”, said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the ongoing three day (May 13-15) ‘International Conference on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Strategic Sectors’ being organized at Thiruvananthapuram by the Indian Institute of Metals, a premier body representing the family of metallurgists. “One can achieve this dream by taking strategic materials research in mission mode in niche areas such as electronic materials, advanced high temperature alloys for propulsion systems and composite material”, he added.
Mr. Raju also called for synergy between efforts of various governments and non-government establishments in defence, space and atomic energy to ensure that resources are not wasted through duplications. He stressed on two pronged strategy to fulfil “Make in India” concept in this sector: through strengthening of R&D ecosystem for strategic materials and processes; and by augmenting manufacturing facilities. He also touched upon importance of industry academia association and significance of constantly emerging new materials.
Mr. M.C. Dathan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Mr. Narayana Rao, CMD, MIDHANI, Mr. Baldev Raj, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NISA), Bangalore and others also addressed the gathering.
Thiruvananthapuram conference includes invited talks by experts in their respective areas covering the broad spectrum of aerospace materials and manufacturing. The participants include R&D professionals, academicians and industry personnel.
The inaugural session also recalled the services of Dr. Koshy M. George, Deputy Director of (VSSC) who is laying down the office on May 31, 2015.
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