AeroIndia 2009: International seminar an important benchmark, says K Tamilmani

This year will see the seventh roll out of the AeroIndia international air show at the Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bangalore from 9-11 February 2009. In an exclusive with domain-b, K Tamilmani, chief executive, CEMILAC, DRDO, and chairman of the organising committee of the international seminar, highlights the significance of the AeroIndia international seminar, which he says has become an important benchmark for the international aeronautical industry.

K Tamilmani, chief executive, CEMILAC, DRDO, and chairman
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''As you are aware, the seventh edition of the AeroIndia international air show is being rolled out in Bangalore from 11-15 February this year. The show has attracted participation from a large number of international companies who will be exhibiting their products and technologies at the exhibition. The presence of a large number of experts in various disciplines from the aerospace and defence sectors will also be witnessed at the international seminar that precedes the air show.

''The presence of these experts will allow sharing of information about technologies being generated abroad, as well as within the country. The seminar is also significant for the fact that it provides a common platform where domestic companies, and not just companies from abroad, can talk about their own achievements in these sectors. Such interaction will pave the way for future co-development of aero-products.

''Over the years the AeroIndia air show has shown increasing involvement of foreign companies keen to display their products here. The AeroIndia show has become an important benchmark in the aeronautical industry's map. Not just the manufacturing sector, but also at the level of experts, we notice how the international seminar, hosted by the DRDO and the Aeronautical Society of India, attracts the very best from the industry worldwide – Europe, America, Canada and the eastern countries as well.

''The event has gained a special place within the international aeronautical community.

''Over the years the seminar has provided us with a common platform through which we have been able to project our technological competence to the international community. India has shown that it can develop and partner in new international technology developments in this sector. This could take place through JVs.

''As a matter of fact, the future focus of the aerospace industry, and future editions of AeroIndia, will be mainly on JVs, co-development efforts and product development. The next edition of the AeroIndia international seminar will focus on how India can partner with foreign manufacturers and technology developers internationally.''  

What was the intention behind conducting the international seminar as a prelude to the AeroIndia show and to what extent have you succeeded?
As you are aware, the seventh edition of the AeroIndia international air show is being rolled out in Bangalore from 11-15 February this year. The show has attracted participation from a large number of international companies who will be exhibiting their products and technologies at the exhibition. The presence of these companies and large number of experts in various disciplines from the aerospace and defence sectors allows to invite participation in a seminar, which will allow a sharing of information about the technologies being generated abroad as well as within the country.

The common platform of a seminar, where we can also talk about our own achievements in these sectors, will pave the way for future developments of aero-products in a collaborative way in the coming years.Could you briefly speak about the effort involved in conducting the seminar?
Over the years the AeroIndia show has been able to attract more and more companies to use it as a medium to display their products. Now every country, which has any competence in the aerospace sector, is exhibiting its products along with those created by Indian developers. This has become an important benchmark in the aeronautical industry's map as we have observed that the seminar could attract the special list of experts from the industry worldwide – Europe, America, Canada and the eastern countries as well. Thus the event has been able to gain a special place in the international aeronautical community. 

As the AeroIndia Air Show itself gains in prestige with every passing edition, do you feel that the seminar too is succeeding in creating a niche for itself with your international peers?
Over the years we could project our technological competence to the international community on a common platform. India has proven that it could develop and partner in some of the new international technology development in this arena probably through JVs. This is going to be the future focus of the industry and future editions of Aero India will be addressing mainly JVs, development efforts and product development. Over the years Aero India Seminar could attract the experts from all over the world to share their technologies developed and now India has proven that it is competent to partner with the international community in Aerospace whereby new technology products can be jointly developed. The next edition of the Aero India Seminar will focus on how India can partner with foreign manufacturers and technology developers internationally.