Timken India Limited, located in Jamshedpur, in eastern India, soon will start servicing helicopter bearings, according to a story in the Calcutta, India Telegraph today.
Timken managing director for India Gordon W. Robinson says the company is “looking at aircraft business and taking steps to develop facilities for the same,” the story says. It adds that Robinson says Timken is looking at opportunities in helicopters as well as in defense aviation, which it sees “as an area that could be tapped.”
The Telegraph article quotes Robinson as saying: “We are focusing on the defense sector and trying to get orders for maintenance and servicing of helicopter gearboxes, apart from making bearings.”
Robinson also says that Timken’s Bara site plans a state-of-the-art repair facility for all kinds of industrial bearings, though he did not specify the value of the investment, the Telegraph reports.
According to Timken officials, the bearing refurbishing market in India is worth an estimated $90 million, the story says.