[Avionics Today 09-24-2014] Aerospace Processing India (API), a joint venture of Aequs and Magellan Aerospace, announced plans for an expansion to their plant in Aequs SEZ at Belgaum, India. The plant expansion will be operational by January 2015.
According to Airbus' latest market forecast, Indian carriers will require 1,290 new passenger aircraft valued at $190 billion between now and 2032 to meet the growing annual demand. The API plant expansion is aimed at enhancing aerospace special processes to meet this demand. The expanded facility will mainly cater to processes such as Tartaric Sulphuric Acid (TSA) anodizing and Cadmium plating for the aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
The existing API plant located at Aequs SEZ provides aerospace surface treatment facilities, which are not readily available in India. The new TSA line is a newly developed technology to replace the more hazardous traditional Chromic Acid anodizing.