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Thiruvananthapuram: Exploring the possibilities of finding potential investors who will set shop at the proposed Defence Park at Ottappalam in Kerala, a high-level delegation from KINFRA participated in Aero India 2017, Asia’s premier air show, organised by Defence Exhibition Organisation under the Ministry of Defence, featuring exhibitors from the fields of aerospace, defence, civil aviation, airport infrastructure and defence engineering. Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister, inaugurated the 11th edition of the international show, which was held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

Sanjay Kaul IAS, Special Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce, who also holds the additional charge of KINFRA Managing Director, made an elaborate presentation on the opportunities at KINFRA Defence Park during the technical session titled ‘Make in India in Aerospace: Are MSMEs geared for it? – Reflections and the Way Forward.’ K N Srikumar, Senior Media Advisor, KINFRA; V R Balu, Manager – Business Development & Marketing and Hezron George, Management Trainee were also present.

KINFRA Defence Park is a first-of-its-kind greenfield Manufacturing Cluster in the country, financially supported by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India under the Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS).

“The participation in Aero India 2017 by KINFRA has provided a great opportunity to market the Defence Park. This particular sector has been the target sector of the Park and a lot of preparations have been made to attract budding investors to the Defence Park,” KINFRA officials said.

Sanjay Kaul held discussions with M V Gowtama, Chairman & MD, BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) on the occasion. KINFRA team also held meetings with senior officials of RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems Ltd. (Israel), Thales (France), Saab (Sweden), Rolls Royce (UK), RDC (Russia), HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited); Bharat Forge (Kalyani Group) and Bharat Dynamics Limited. A total of 549 companies took part in the event, of which 270 were Indian and 279 foreign organisations. About two lakh business visitors attended Aero India 2017.