MRO South Asia Summit 2018 sees high profile participation

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January 18, 2018: The first edition of %u2018Aerospace and Defence MRO South Asia Summit 2018' which was held at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi attracted the who's who in the MRO industry. 

The two day conference themed: %u2018Make in India- MRO Makes it Happen' discussed favourable factors, such as %u2018Make in India' initiative that accelerated the MRO industry in India.  

Dr Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing in his keynote said, 'One out of every 20 aeroplanes sold world-wide is to India. It shows the magnanimity of the available opportunity in the country. The market is here, the growth is here and people (skilled work force) are here. This opportunity in MRO should be tapped in time.

He continued that Boeing spent 107 million dollars in building the Nagpur MRO facility, which is currently being run by Air India. He further added: 'The challenges for MRO are infrastructure, finding land, land acquisition, higher duties on spare parties, etc. Forums like this should collectively compile suggestions and submit it to different ministries.'

The first panel had an electrified discussion on %u2018Make in India- MRO Makes It Happen'. The high profile panel comprised Ashish Saraf, VP & Make in India Officer, Airbus; Kishore Jayaraman, President India and South Asia, Rolls Royce; Air Marshal JN Burma, PVSM AVSM VSM (Retd), Indian Air Force; Arun Kashyap, Executive VP Head of Engineering &Maintenance, SpiceJet; Harpreet de Singh, Exe. Director and Chief of Flight Safety, Air India: m Balakrishnan, Consultant, Air India Engineering Services Limited; Amber Dubey, partner and head of Aerospace and Defence, KPMG.    

The first day of the conference also witnessed deliberations on a plethora of topics. It includes: %u2018Defence MRO- Seizing the big opportunity', %u2018Internet of Things, Big data analytics & Artificial Intelligence: strong tailwinds fir for future MRO' and %u2018Key business drivers shaping the global MRO market in the next five years.

The second day will see discussions on Regulatory and government policy framework supporting Indian MRO and building a robust logistics and supply chain infrastructure for India's civil and defence MRO. 

Aerospace and Defence MRO South Asia Summit 2018 was organised by The STAT Trade Times, and was supported by Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) and  Aeronautical Society of India. The conference also had partners, including Ultra Aerospace, Ramco Systems, Compass Law Associates, and Avion World.

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