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India will be among our fastest growing markets: GE Aero CEO

Bengaluru:

GE Aerospace CEO Larry Culp

said India will continue to be an incredibly important country for the company, growing above the company average for the foreseeable future.
In an exclusive virtual interaction with TOI just prior to the completion of GE’s landmark restructuring of its businesses into separate independent entities on Tuesday, Culp said, “We recently talked (with investors in New York) about a low double-digit growth rate over the next several years, probably a high single-digit growth rate into 2028.

I suspect India will be above those levels throughout that period, and well beyond.”
He noted that GE is supplying engines to major Indian airlines including Air India, Indigo, and Vistara, and is working through the final details on its F414 turbofan engine technology transfer and development for the Tejas combat aircraft. He noted that the company’s 1,200 engineers at the John F Welch Technology Centre in Bengaluru are involved in cutting-edge work related to the future of flight – including the Leap engine for narrow-body aircraft, the GEnx in the wide-body space, and the next generation Rise platform for the narrow-body market.
“We’ll be doing more development (engineering and R&D in India), we’ll be doing more manufacturing and sourcing, and we’ll be doing more in delivering engines and supporting those engines with our customers both on the commercial and on the military side of the business,” Culp added.

The company also announced an investment of over Rs 240 crore to expand and upgrade its manufacturing facility in Pune. The investment, it said, will allow the facility to add new projects and manufacturing processes by acquiring machines/equipment and specialised tools along with capacity enhancement of existing products. The factory already produces components that are supplied to GE’s global factories where they are used to assemble engines like the G90, GEnx, GE 9X, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine, and the Leap engines by CFM, a GE and Safran joint venture.

Culp said that with aerospace, healthcare and energy becoming independent, “we’ve really positioned ourselves to be able to not only reduce our debt levels by over $100 billion, but also each of the three businesses will go forward on very strong financial footing.” He said it will allow the units to continue to invest aggressively in technology, and stay very close to the customer in terms of their day-to-day operations.
“In today’s world, what’s unique in each business is more important. The benefits of focus are far greater than the benefits of synergy. And that’s true in the capital markets as well. So when your customers want you to be wholly focused on them, when your investors want you wholly focused on a particular market, it’s easy to see that, despite our wonderful history, we really are at a moment where the businesses are going to be stronger on an independent go forward basis,” Culp said. He noted that each will remain big companies. Aerospace alone is still a $30 billion business and holds about a 55% share of the global aircraft engine market. “So we continue to get the benefits of scale,” Culp said.
GE completes three-way split
GE, which towards the end of the first decade of this century was the largest enterprise in the world with multiple businesses, has since sold several entities, and broken up others into independent firms, the last of which happened on Tuesday when the parent company split itself into GE Aerospace and GE Vernova, the latter housing the energy business. GE Aerospace will trade on NYSE under the ticker GE. On Tuesday, GE Aerospace and GE Vernova rang the opening bell together at the NYSE.
GE’s troubles started when GE Capital, the company’s financial arm, suffered losses during the 2008 crisis. In 2015, it sold a major portion of GE Capital to Blackstone and Wells Fargo. In 2018, when Larry Culp stepped into the CEO role at GE — becoming the first outsider to lead the iconic company founded by Thomas Edison in 1892 — he decided to simplify the business and return GE to its industrial roots. He exited GE Capital, he sold units like GE Biopharma. Last year, GE Healthcare became an independent entity.