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Aircraft tyre testing facility to be set up in Kochi

The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), the industrial promotion arm of the Government of Kerala, is exploring the possibility of setting up an aircraft tyre testing facility near Kochi, which could facilitate the indigenization of aircraft tyres, a market that is currently monopolized by the US, French and Australian companies. KSIDC is seriously considering the project, which will come up at the campus of Kerala Rubbers Ltd (KRL), a Cial-modelled company being set up in Piravom, said the KSIDC managing director M G Rajamanickam.

The capital expenditure for an aircraft tyre testing facility is estimated to be around Rs 225 crore. The Kerala government has in principle decided to provide around 75 acres of land acquired from the Hindustan Newsprint Ltd at Piravom to the various projects of KRL, of which 5 acres will be used for the tyre testing facility, said Rajamanickam.

“We had looked at the doing value addition of natural rubber, like producing Off-The-Road (OTR) Tyres & Heat Resistant Latex Thread (HRLT). Kitco had studied these, and we found that the projects are capital-intensive which requires Rs 1,000 core investments. Thinking of alternate plans, we talked to the heads of the Rubber Board and Indian Rubber Manufacturers Association (IRMRA) and thus reached the project of aircraft tyre testing facility. When asked whether Rubber Board and IRMRA could take it up as a joint venture, they said yes, and right now we have submitted the proposal to the government,” said Rajamanickam, who is also the MD of KRL.

“According to IRMRA, there is a lot of demand for aircraft tyre testing facility in India for both military and civil or commercial aircraft there is an increased need for aircraft tyre testing facility in the country. Though a leading tyre manufacturer in Chennai has indigenized the aircraft tyre for military application, there is no manufacturing or indigenization for testing commercial or civil aviation. All the testing for commercial or civil aircraft tyres is currently done either at OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or in China or imported with OEM certificates without testing. There is huge potential for such a facility in India as other tyre companies also are eying the defence and commercial aviation market,” Rajamanickam said.