Godrej Aerospace, Rolls Royce enter aircraft engine deal

Godrej Aerospace, an affiliate of the Indian conglomerate Godrej Group, has been signed on by the UK-based engineering giant Rolls-Royce Holdings to manufacture aircraft engine components

March 21, 2018

Godrej will supply 600 different components to Rolls-Royce's civilian aircraft engine division, including unison rings, complex fabrication and external brackets, over the coming five years

The contract, worth over US$30 million, will see the Indian firm investing around US$7.7 million in a new research and production facility in Mumbai that will be called the Centre of Excellence

The deal, in line with the Government of India’s “Make in India” initiative to drive indigenous innovation and manufacturing, will help Rolls-Royce reduce production costs by 20-30 per cent

This will help augment activities in the Indian aerospace sector at a time when India’s satellite launching capabilities have reached an all-time high with active help from the private sector

Godrej Aerospace, an affiliate of the Indian conglomerate Godrej Group, has entered into an agreement with the UK-based engineering giant Rolls-Royce Holdings to manufacture aircraft engine component, according to media reports citing a company statement on March 21st.Under the agreement, Godrej will supply around 600 different components to Rolls-Royce’s civilian aircraft engine division, including unison rings, complex fabrication and external brackets, over the coming five years.The contract, worth more than US$30 million, will see the Indian company investing around US$7.7 million in a new research and production facility in Mumbai that will be called the Centre of Excellence. This is Godrej Aerospace’s second contract from Rolls-Royce, which had hired the Indian firm in 2014 to make certain components.

The agreement, which comes in line with the Government of India’s “Make in India” initiative to drive indigenous innovation and manufacturing, will help Rolls-Royce reduce production costs by 20-30 per cent. The deal will help augment activities in the Indian aerospace sector at a time when India’s satellite launching capabilities have reached an all-time high. Previously, a privileged domain of the USA, the UK, Russia and China, India too has now joined the league of nations that have mastered the technology and expertise to seamlessly put an eye in the sky. In fact, not just one, but as many as 104 satellites were launched during a single mission in February  2017, to which Godrej had contributed components. The feat had highlighted India’s capacity of launching space missions at a fraction of what international costs.

This has created lucrative opportunities for private enterprises in India that are entering the aerospace sector. Godrej Aerospace, an unit within Godrej Group’s engineering division Godrej & Boyce, also develops liquid propulsion engines, defence systems, satellite components and assemblies as well as dsh Antennas with feed Systems. Rolls-Royce, which runs manufacturing centers in Bengaluru and Pune, has in the past teamed up with other Indian companies such as the Tata Group, Hindustan Aeronautics, and the Bharat Forge. Earlier this month, Tata Boeing Aerospace Ltd, a partnership of US-based Boeing and India-based Tata Advanced Systems had started a facility in Hyderabad to make components for AH-64 Apache helicopter. These ventures help pitching India as a manufacturing destination for the world.