The parts made by Indian suppliers are used in every Boeing commercial airplane worldwide and every defence airplane in India, says Salil Gupte, President of Boeing India. In an exclusive interview, Gupte told Moneycontrol that Indian suppliers manufacture critical systems and components for some of Boeing’s most advanced aircraft, including the 777, 787 Dreamliner, 737, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-15, CH-47 Chinook, P-8 and AH-64 Apache. The aircraft maker has more than 275 suppliers in the country. Edited excerpts:
What role do Indian suppliers play in the manufacture of the various aircraft that you make?
Indian suppliers are an integral part of Boeing’s strategy for growth and are key to our commitment to strengthening India’s aerospace industry. Boeing today works with more than 275 Indian suppliers and we have been steadily increasing our sourcing from India for the global manufacturing and supply chain. Boeing’s sourcing from India is at approximately $1 billion today. In 2021, we are developing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in support of our commitment to Aatmanirbhar Bharat. In fact, 26 percent of our suppliers from India are MSMEs.
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Boeing’s industrial partners in India are raising the bar to deliver world-class quality, cost-efficiency and productivity as they become an important part of the company’s worldwide supply chain for some of the most advanced airplanes in the world. Indian suppliers manufacture critical systems and components for some of Boeing’s most advanced products, such as the 777, 787 Dreamliner, 737, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-15, CH-47 Chinook, P-8 and AH-64 Apache.