BHEL recently invited expression of interest from global OEM firms to leverage its facilities as well as capabilities and to shift their production base to India amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per a statement from an industry expert, there are a large number of OEM firms who intend to shift their manufacturing base from China to other countries after the COVID-19 outbreak and India must leverage its capabilities to facilitate those.
According to the statement from BHEL, the ongoing economic disruption across the world, due to COVID-19 has highlighted the dangers of manufacturing activities being concentrated in a single location and the need for diversification of supply chains and manufacturing.
BHEL has 16 manufacturing facilities spread across the country with substantial land bank and an extensive built-up industrial/commercial and residential spaces. Its manpower strength of about 34,000 includes 9,000 engineers with qualifications and experience in cutting-edge technologies, it said.
The company has 16 Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in varied areas such as computational fluid dynamics, intelligent machines and robotics, machine dynamics, nano technology, power electronics, ultra-high voltage, advanced transmission, control and instrumentation, surface engineering, coal research, advance fabrication technology, etc and 5 specialised research centres - welding research, ceramic research, electric traction, pollution control, etc.
These facilities & capabilities along with its tie-ups put BHEL in a strong position to support any international company, in setting up a base in India and taking forward the vision under Make in India, the company said.