Pattonair, a provider of supply chain services for MRO and airframe manufacturers, will open a new component supply facility in Bangalore, India at the beginning of next year.
Earmarked for January 2019 opening, the U.K.-headquartered company will form a wholly owned subsidiary and support facility in the south of the country, joining the likes of Airbus, Rolls-Royce and UTC in establishing a presence there.
Mark Ness, commercial director for India at Pattonair, said in a statement released on Monday (July 9) that the company will not only aim to work with customers in India’s OEM and MRO sectors but will also offer the country’s component manufacturers access to existing customers which include the likes of Rolls-Royce, Safran and Boeing.
He added that Pattonair’s procurement team is currently meeting with India-based suppliers to “provide parts to customers in India and to the rest of the world.”
The move will also see Pattonair join the Access India Programme (AIP), an initiative backed by the Indian Government aiming to enable investments and market entry by small and medium-size companies in the UK into India.
Announced by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi just under four years ago, AIP covers 25 different sectors in India’s economy and encourages international companies to base operations there.
While the Bangalore facility will be Pattonair’s first in India, its presence in the country goes back to 2014 when it started supplying C class parts to UTC’s Actuation Systems and Sensors & Integrated Systems sites in Bangalore for aircraft programs such as the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and A320neo.
India is projected by Aviation Week to have some of the highest growth rates in the commercial aviation industry. MRO Fleet & Forecast data projects 1,876 aircraft will be in-service by 2027, growing at a rate of 12.2% from this year up to then.
India’s MRO segment is also anticipated to have high expansion levels, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 8% from 2018 to 2027.