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April 17, 2024

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India’s Mahindra Aerospace is becoming a larger Airbus Atlantic supplier and will produce 2,300 metal components for the A320neo aircraft family. As Airbus has suffered from supply chain delays, signing another major supplier provides additional capacity and increases the robustness of the supply chain, with geographic and manufacturer diversity.

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While Boeing has been struggling with its supply chain and quality issues, Airbus has been focused on dual-sourcing and expanding its supply chain to ensure that pandemic-induced production-limiting shortfalls are eliminated as the backlog for its popular A320neo family is now more than seven years, with delivery slots not available until 2031.

Mahindra Aerostructures represents the Mahindra Group’s interests in aerospace manufacturing. It operates a 250,000 ft² plant near Bangalore, India, with comprehensive capabilities to produce sheet metal and machined parts, welding, finishing, and assembly. The business holds AS9100D and 6 NADCAP certifications alongside numerous customer accreditations and is a supplier to many reputed OEMs and Tiers worldwide.

Vinod Sahay, President of Aerospace and Defence at the Mahindra Group, remarked, “This new contract from Airbus Atlantic marks a significant milestone in our ongoing relationship with the Airbus Group. We are excited about the opportunity to provide value across various aspects of industrial maturity, digitalization, performance, and sustainability.”

José-Maria Trujillano, Chief Procurement Officer of Airbus Atlantic, commented, “We are pleased to strengthen our collaboration with Mahindra Aerostructures and leverage their robustness, expertise, and advanced technological capabilities to enhance our supply chain. This will help us secure production ramp-up for all our programmes.”

The Bottom Line 

Airbus is expanding its supply chain with key industry players as it increases production capacity. Mahindra Aerospace has been an Airbus supplier since 2015, and this increase in scope and capacity will further reduce supply chain risks. With an industry shortfall and high demand for aircraft, solidifying the supply chain continues as a key objective for Airbus as it expands its production capacity.

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