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Aravind Melligeri

Chairman & CEO, AEQUS INC


development dialogue 2018 speaker Aravind Melligeri Chairman & CEO, AEQUS INC

For Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & CEO of Aequs, creating long-term value through innovative strategies is a relentless, lifelong pursuit. In 2009, Aravind set up the first-of-its-kind, integrated ecosystem for aerospace component manufacturing in India. Today, the group generates about $100 million in sales with 2,000 employees worldwide. The Aequs Aerospace SEZ in India is a 105 hectares' industrial park with 22 Individual Business units spread over 56,000 sqm. of manufacturing space. Aravind believes that modern manufacturing is driven by two forces: continuous innovation and uninhibited collaboration. Since inception, these two factors have been central to the growth and success of the Aequs aerospace ecosystem.

Aequs' global ecosystem is able to bring scale and efficiency through organic growth as well as acquisitions. Aequs' global reach extends beyond its facilities in Belagavi, India, to North America and Europe. These sites are strategically located in cost-competitive regions and in close proximity to its strategic customer base. This operating model optimizes the value stream for customers by reducing lead times and simplifying logistics. In addition to its global holdings, Aequs' portfolio includes joint venture partnerships with world-class companies dedicated to forging, processing, and assembly, which were founded with Western companies such as Aubert Duval, Magellan Aerospace and Saab.

Under Aravind's leadership, Aequs has achieved many firsts. In 2009, Aequs became the first Indian private sector player to secure major orders from Airbus Industries. In 2015, Aequs was the first Indian aerospace company to acquire T & K Machine in Texas. In 2016, Aequs acquired France-based SiRA Groupe to further extend its aerospace ecosystem into Europe. In a span of ten years, Aequs has established itself as one of the main subcontractors of the French aerospace industry. Aravind serves on the board of QuEST Global, a company he co-founded in 1997, which is a globally recognised provider of outsourced engineering services with over 7500 employees in 9 countries across 15 delivery locations.

Aravind holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He has been conferred the 'Young Achiever Award' by the Indo-American Society.



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