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Theresa May visits aerospace firm in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Nov 8 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday visited a little-known aerospace facility, which makes components for aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industries and also has two plants at Swindon and Bristol in Britain.

On a day-long trip here on the final leg of her maiden three-day official visit to India, May drove to Dynamatic Technologies Ltd in the Peenya industrial area for a firsthand account of its operations.

According to a company statement, May also witnessed Dynamatics’ Chief Executive Udayant Malhoutra delivering the first commercial set of A330 flap track beams, produced jointly in Britain and India to Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams.

“The agreement between Dynamatic and Airbus highlights the strength of the British-India partnership which will provide benefits for both our economies and ensure we remain at the cutting edge of technology and manufacturing,” said May.

Dynamatic will provide flap track beams for Airbus’ twin aisle A330 model. The parts will be manufactured in its facilities in Swindon, Bristol and Bengaluru.

“As iconic British and Indian businesses, Dynamatic and Airbus are leading the way in building the strategic partnership I want to see between our two nations. I look forward to seeing this commercial relationship continue to grow,” added May.

The 120 million pound (Rs 985 crore) 10-year contract will create 60 jobs across the company’s British plants and 100 jobs at its Bangalore facility.

“Our facilities in Britain and India are able to provide global best value to Airbus, with the manufacture of complex parts at our factories in Bristol and Swindon, along with craftsmanship and assembly at our facilities in Bengaluru,” said Malhoutra in the statement.

Flap-track-beams are high tech guide rails fitted to the wings of the aircraft, which are crucial in controlling speed, direction and balance.

“The role Dynamatic plays in manufacturing the major wing component means India shares in the success of our programme, as well as being of benefit to the company’s British facilities,” noted Williams.

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