Centre selects Nashik as second defence manufacture hub

Nashik: Nashik becomes the second city after Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu to be selected by the Centre for establishing defence innovation centre.
The Union minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre while addressing a press conference said that the proposed innovation centre would help start-ups and other industries involved in manufacturing of components for the defence sector in making the right kind of products, said the Union minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre.

“The innovation centre will provide a platform to start-ups and innovators in the field of defence innovation. They will make new defence products for the defence-end users like Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy,” he added.

The start-ups will have to make a prototype of the defence products which are required by the defence end users. “The government will give them orders if their prototype is selected by them. The government will also bear expenses even though the prototype of defence products is not selected by the end users,” Bhamre said.

Bhamre said that Nashik has huge potential of becoming an important manufacturing hub for defence and aerospace, with a large number of MSMEs in and around Nashik that can integrate into the supply chain of major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in industrial zones of Pune and Mumbai.

With a view to reduce dependence on foreign countries for procuring defence products, Bhamre said that it has been decided to manufacture products in joint ventures within the country through strategic partnership with the private industries.

Under this move private industries have been identified as strategic partners that will enter into agreement with foreign defence companies to manufacture the products in India.

This will help in transfer of technology and boost manufacturing of defence products in the country, he added.

Meanwhile, in a bid to exploit defence manufacturing potentials in Nashik, a seminar on Opportunities in Defence and Aerospace for industry is being held on June 15.