Aerostructures Assemblies India (AAI) Achieves AS9100C Certification for Manufacturing of Aerostructure Assemblies and Sub-Assemblies

Belgaum, September 25, 2014 – Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt Ltd (AAI), a joint venture between Aequs and Saab, has achieved AS9100C certification for its manufacturing facility located in the Aequs SEZ, Belgaum, Karnataka, India. Achieving this international Aircraft, Space and Defence (AS&D) industry standard signifies that AAI’s manufacturing of aerostructure assemblies and sub-assemblies meets stringent quality management standards.

“Achieving AS9100C certification reflects our commitment to delivering products of the highest levels of quality, safety and reliability to our customers in the aerospace industry,” said Aravind Melligeri, Chairman and CEO, Aequs. “We have embraced the AS9100 Quality Management System (QMS) standard to drive accountability and continuous improvement throughout our manufacturing processes.”

AS9100C fully incorporates the ISO 9001:2008 requirements and adds nearly 100 additional requirements specific to quality, reliability and safety for aerospace manufacturing. The certification process entails a rigorous and comprehensive on-site audit as well as follow-up monitoring by accredited third-party examiners.

“We see many opportunities in the Indian defence sector and Saab in partnership with Aequs is committed to helping our customers thrive in today’s challenging aerospace environment,” said Lars Jensen, Managing Director of Saab’s Aerostructures business unit. “AAI is a strategic partner for Saab in India and the new AS9100C certification proves our ability and determination to serve local as well as global customers.”

On 21st February, 2014 AAI became the first manufacturer in India to deliver structural assemblies for the Airbus A380 aircraft. AAI delivered the first batch to Saab in Linkoping (Sweden). Saab in turn delivered the assemblies to Airbus in Filton (UK) as part of the mid and outer leading edge wing section of the A380 aircraft. The manufacturing processes associated with these assemblies are classified as “Special Processes” and only Airbus approved suppliers are authorized to manufacture these parts.

About Saab Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. More information is available at: http://www.saabgroup.com

About Aerostructures Assemblies India Pvt Ltd Aerostructures Assemblies India (AAI) is a joint venture between Aequs and Saab of Sweden and is located in Aequs SEZ, Belgaum, Karnataka, India. The company specializes in build-to-print assemblies for commercial and aerospace aircrafts. Operations started in 2013 and the first assemblies shipped out in 2014. More information is available at: http://www.aeroassembliesindia.com

About Aequs Aequs (formerly QuEST Global Manufacturing) specializes in precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, assembly, forging, and special processing for the aerospace, automotive, and oil & gas industries. Customers include Airbus, UTAS, Eaton, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, and Bosch.

The Aequs manufacturing facilities are located in Bangalore, Belgaum, and Houston. The Belgaum facilities are located in Aequs SEZ, India’s first precision engineering special economic zone. Aequs SEZ has developed into an integrated aerospace manufacturing ecosystem that houses several interrelated capabilities that are either unavailable in India or are difficult to come by in one location. More information is available at: http://www.aequs.com