The new facility is expected to turnaround the fortunes of BEL’s Navi Mumbai Unit, which has traditionally been in the business of manufacturing shelters and masts and overhauling of hydraulic systems of T-72 tanks. It would boost the Unit’s manufacturing and testing capabilities in composites, a new area which has been identified by BEL for diversification. The Unit will use the facility to carry out in-house designing and manufacturing of components using GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer) and CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer) composites for various naval applications, submarines, aircraft and shelters.
Inaugurating the new facility, Mr Shripad Naik said that the new facility at Navi Mumbai Unit would enable BEL to develop composites which were lighter yet stronger and posed no environmental hazard. He added that these new products would cater to the requirements of ship builders, metro, etc. He extended all help to BEL, which had taken an innovative step by foraying into the area of composites. Mr Gowtama M V, said that the revival story of Navi Mumbai Unit was worth emulating. He added that BEL would like to be a supply chain partner for all platform manufacturers of the country, including PSUs such as MDL, GRSE, etc.