Nagpur: TAL Manufacturing Solutions (TAL), a fully-owned subsidiary of TATA Advanced Systems Limited, delivered the 25,000th advance composite floor beam to be fitted in Boeing’s Dreamliner planes on Tuesday from its unit in the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) SEZ. The floor beams made in the Nagpur unit are used in all Dreamliner variants of Boeing — 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10, said a press release jointly issued by TAL and Boeing.

Boeing had awarded TAL the first order to manufacture floor beams in 2011. After that, the first set of floor beams was delivered in 2014, said the press release

The 25,000th floor beam was delivered in the presence of Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari and district guardian minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule. However, the company preferred to keep it a closed door function, with no media presence. On August 20, 2016, the company had delivered the 5,000th beam to Boeing, making 20,000 more units in the two years after that. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Gadkari had been present at the function in 2016.

At that time, TAL officials had said the company hopes to take its turnover at the Mihan-SEZ unit to Rs1,000 crore in next five years.

TAL is also a vendor for Airbus. The unit at Nagpur is the only site that caters to both aircraft makers — Airbus and Boeing — from a single place. It is also said to be the biggest exporter in the manufacturing sector at the Mihan-SEZ. Last year, TAL’s unit at Mihan exported goods worth Rs383.55 crore, said sources.

“We have ramped up production from four ship sets to 11 ship sets a month. We are committed to strengthening the aerospace manufacturing in India and across the globe,” said the press release quoting Sukaran Singh, chief executive officer and managing director, TATA Advanced Systems.

Boeing’s sourcing from India now stands at $1 billion, with over 160 existing industrial partners, who are raising the bar on quality and productivity to become part of the company’s worldwide supply chain, said the press release.

“We are very proud of our partnership with TAL. The delivery of the 25,000th floor beam for the Dreamliner, one of the most advanced aeroplanes in the world, marks a special milestone for a partnership that has stood the test of time,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India.