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API Starts Its Phase II Manufacturing Facility At Belagavi

The API facility also houses the tartaric sulfuric acid anodizing line approved by Airbus. In addition, cadmium plating line is also coming on line this year

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Aerospace Processing India (API) on Wednesday (June 15) inaugurated its Phase II facility, a joint venture between Aequs and Magellan Aerospace and located at Aequs SEZ in Belagavi, Karnataka with an equal investment of Rs 32 crore further expanding its manufacturing capabilities.

The precision engineering company was the first third-party facility in India to be approved by both Airbus and Boeing.

This new expansion will accommodate additional capacity and capabilities supporting water-based paint, solid film lubricant, sulfuric acid anodizing, zinc-nickel plating and additional processes under development. The current, fully integrated, modular facility employs 150 people, the company claims.

“We are continuing to grow and develop critical capabilities in India’s aerospace manufacturing sector. This expansion will keep API at the forefront of aerospace special processing expertise in India and facilitate further growth across the global Aerospace supply chain,” said Aravind Melligeri, chairman and CEO of Aequs.

API is a joint venture between India’s Aequs and Magellan Aerospace of Canada.

The API facility also houses the tartaric sulfuric acid (TSA) anodizing line approved by Airbus. In addition, cadmium plating line is also coming on line this year.

API was the first in India to achieve NADCAP accreditation for chemical processing, surface enhancement and NDT, which is widely demanded across the aerospace industry.

Phil Underwood, president and CEO of Magellan Aerospace said,” Magellan has long-viewed our operations in India as fundamental to Magellan’s global growth strategy and to deliver value to our customers. The API facility and our relationship with Aequs has met Magellan’s expectations and we are confident that this expansion and adoption of increased capabilities will enhance API’s presence in the developing Indian aerospace industry.”


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