GKN Aerospace has opened a new US$10 million facility for electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) in Pune, India. The 11,000m2 site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft and aero-engines like the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737, 777X and Boeing 787. The Pune facility will operate alongside GKN’s existing joint venture for wiring systems in Bangalore, which is serving the defence market.
According to GKN Aerospace the certification and recruitment processes for the site are on track and initial production has recently started. The company expects to create 200 jobs in 2020 (currently 30 on site), growing to 800 within five years, all of whom will be provided with on-site training, including a “significant number” of female operators and engineers.
GKN Aerospace representatives have stated that India is an important country in the company’s plans to expand its footprint in Asia, a goal which has been furthered with the recent opening of a new facility in Malaysia. When both sites are fully up-and-running, around 15% of GKN Aerospace’s employees are expected to be based in Asia.