The ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. Devised to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. The establishment of organisations like CUMI in developing cutting-edge technologies and contributing to the Indian government’s goals is a testament to the country’s potential in the field of Defence and Aerospace.

CUMI was founded in 1954 as a tripartite collaboration between the Murugappa Group, The Carborundum Co., USA and the Universal Grinding Wheel Co. Ltd., U.K. CUMI has over 5,500 employees worldwide who collaborate, innovate and develop high-quality material solutions and world-class services in abrasives, electrominerals, ceramics, refractories and energy storage materials. CUMI’s consolidated revenue is Rs. 3300 crores and PAT of Rs. 333 crores for the financial year 2022.

Founded in 1900, the Rs. 547 Billion (Rs. 54,722 Crores) Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 29 businesses including ten listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd., Cholamandalam Financial Holdings Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd. and Wendt (India) Ltd.


Dr. S. Christopher – Former Chairman of DRDO

Dr. S. Christopher is the former Chairman of DRDO. He is known as the man behind the indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system. Prior to DRDO, he was Programme Director for the prestigious AEW&C system and Director of Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS) – the laboratory vested with the responsibility of design, development of AEW&C system. The AEW&C programme is one of the flagship programmes of DRDO for the design and development of indigenous AWACS. With this development, India has joined the elite group of four countries and created export potential.

Dr. P Sivakumar – Former Director of Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) Avadi, Tamil Nadu.

Dr. P Sivakumar is the former Director of Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) Avadi, Tamil Nadu. He has worked for more than two decades in the design and development of transmission systems for tracked and wheeled vehicles application. He was involved in the development of various products for the Indian defence industry including the Carrier Command Post Tracked Vehicle – Arjun MBT Mark-II. He has been awarded with the ‘Scientist of the Year Award 2010’ by DRDO for his active role in the management of the Arjun MBT project.



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