CUMI continues to strengthen its support to defence industry with the help of DRDO

Chennai, 1st March 2024: Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI), a leading materials science company and a constituent of the 120-year-old Murugappa Group has been closely working with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in supporting their indigenisation initiatives.

CUMI supplies ceramic plates for bulletproof vests and tiles for armoured vehicles. These products are manufactured in India, including the grains needed to make them. CUMI’s lightweight ceramic ballistic protection materials which include reaction-bonded silicon carbide, high purity alumina, and zirconia-toughened alumina are designed to meet threat levels conforming to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ‘Level IV’ and STANAG Level 3 global standards. They are ergonomic and customisable into various sizes and shapes for use in bulletproof vests and armoured vehicles.  

Another area CUMI focuses on is to supply fine powders for making ceramic thermal spray coatings. These coatings are required in the manufacture and maintenance of aircraft engines and components to provide protection against heat and wear. CUMI is working with various research organisations under DRDO in the development of this product.

“As a leading company in advanced materials, CUMI is well-positioned to manufacture key cutting-edge components that support indigenous product development in strengthening India’s defence capabilities. During the recent high-level meeting in New Delhi, DRDO Chairman Dr. Samir V. Kamat agreed to facilitate necessary technical and advisory support alongside product development to CUMI”, said Subbu Venkatachalam, Head of Marketing, CUMI.

About Carborundum Universal Limited
Carborundum Universal Limited (CUMI), established as a tripartite joint venture in 1954, is a leading materials sciences engineering solutions provider. CUMI’s consolidated revenue is Rs. 4650 crores and PAT of Rs. 414 crores for the financial year 2023. CUMI, part of the 120-year-old Murugappa Group, is listed on the NSE and BSE. CUMI is a Mines to Market Company whose integrated operations include mining, power generation, fusion, manufacturing, marketing and distribution. CUMI has over 5,500 employees worldwide who collaborate, innovate and develop high-quality material solutions serving customers in diverse industries including engineering, fabrication, auto and auto components, infrastructure, steel, glass, power generation and distribution, mining and aerospace. CUMI has a wide geographical presence spanning six continents and exports products to over 50 countries.

Subramanian Venkatachalam, Head of Marketing, CUMI
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