While Pierre de Bausset, president and managing director of Airbus India is clear that Airbus will not be setting up a manufacturing facility in the country, he says they are committed to setting up assembly plants and buying in India.
Last year, he said, the company spent over $500 million in India, on procurement for Airbus, and intends to increase that figure. The company works with over 45 Indian suppliers, both publicly and privately owned, who employ over 6,000 people on their projects. These suppliers provide engineering & IT services, aero-structures, materials and cabins for several of Airbus’ leading platforms.
India is home to an ambitious and gifted engineering talent pool. We have set up design, engineering and research facilities here to leverage this talent. We employ about 80% of our direct workforce in India in engineering roles. – Pierre de Bausset