Bengaluru. Mr Shripad Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ayush & Minister of State for Defence, today inaugurated the new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Composite Materials, Environmental Testing & Finishing, established at the Navi Mumbai Unit of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Mr Gowtama M V, CMD, Mr Nataraj Krishnappa, Director (Other Units), Mr Koshy Alexander, Director (Finance),
Mr Shivakumaran K M, Director (HR), Mr Umesh Chandra, GM (NAMU), senior officers of BEL and representatives of R&DE (E), DRDO, were present on the occasion. 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 inhouse designing and manufacturing of components using GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer) and CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) Composites for various Naval applications, submarines, aircraft and shelters.