The MSME Aerospace and Defence Expo, as a part of the India Manufacturing Show will be held in Bengaluru, from September 27 to 29, 2021.
The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddiyurappa, on Wednesday announced that the fifth edition of this biennial event will be organised by Laghu Udyog Bharati – Karnataka (LUB-K) and IMS Foundation in association with the Government of Karnataka.
MSME Role in AtmaNirbhar Bharat
During his inaugural address at the AERO INDIA Show at the Yelahanka Air Force Station B S Yediyurappa, CM of Karnataka said: “As you are aware that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants MSMEs to play a very important role in AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. To realise his dream, Laghu Udyog Bharati and IMS foundation with the support of Government of Karnataka is organising MSME Aerospace and Defence Expo at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre.”
Recalling that state government had set up the first-ever 1000-acre Aerospace Park at Devananahalli near the Bengaluru international airport in 2008, Yediyurappa said, “The state has an aircraft maintenance facility at the airport and was planning to set up MRO facilities at Hassan and at KIAL.”
Bengaluru is hosting the 13th edition of Aero India amid a pandemic is an affirmation of the Centre’s confidence in the Karnataka government’s ability to ensure the safety of delegates and participants, he said.
Making a pitch for Karnataka as a preferred aerospace destination the chief minister said, “Karnataka is the first state in the country to announce an aerospace policy with a proposed investment of Rs 14,700 crore with a potential to create 10,600 jobs. While Karnataka accounts for 67 per cent of all aircraft and helicopter manufacturing for defence services in the country, Bengaluru contributes 65% of the country’s aerospace related exports.”
The Karnataka Chief Minister requested Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh to extend the full support of Defence Ministry to make this event a grand success. The Union Minister of Defence said, “India today offers unique opportunity in Aerospace and Defence manufacturing. Domestic manufacturing of rare and complex defence platforms has now become the focus of our policy under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.”
Mr. Singh added that the government encouraged global OEMs to set up their own manufacturing facility or enter into a strategic partnership with Indian companies. “India is steadily marching from Make in India towards Make for the World. We have a strong and diversified micro small and medium enterprises sector with more than 85,000 units. We also have one of the fastest growing start-up ecosystems catering to niche technologies,” he said.
The three-day expo spread over 20,000 square meters will be the largest exhibition for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Aerospace and Defence industry. IMS 2021 will provide opportunity to MSMEs from diverse Industry sectors like Auto Industry, Industrial Engineering, Electronics and Automation etc.
IMS 2021 will also host Vendor Development Program, B2B meetings and Workshops. The event will be supported by Indo German Chamber of Commerce as well as leading Industry bodies of India.
The Chairman of India Manufacturing Show and former National President of LUB, H V S Krishna said, “We met the Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh and he in-principle has agreed to extend full support of Defence Ministry to this show.
Mr. Krishna informed that they were expecting over 500 exhibitors, 20,000 business delegates and 150 experts addressing conference and workshops and VDPs. The participants in the event will include leaders from large defence global and Indian OEMs, Defence PSUs and Ordinance Factories as well as DRDO Labs.
LUB is a pan India organisation in the service of Micro and Small Industries. It has branches in almost all states of India with thousands of MSME members.
IMS Foundation is the single largest collaborative platform for all Indian and global manufacturing, engineering and other ancillary industries including Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) IMS Foundation conducts trade shows and conferences, seminars, training programmes on various topics for advancement of skills, quality and efficiency in industries.
In Financial Year 2019, there were 8,643 MSME vendors who were making defence equipment for the government. Notably, this number increased to 10,506 till Q2 Financial Year 2020. While the number of Indian defence equipment manufacturers have now increased, it is yet smaller as compared to 15,089 vendors which the government had partnered with in Financial Year 2017.