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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that collaborative efforts of Industries, academia and government are needed to drive innovations and development in composites sector for success of ‘Make In India’. He was speaking during inauguration of the three-day International Conference and Exhibition on Re-enforced Plastics (ICERP) at Bombay Exhibition center yesterday.
While highlighting importance of composites in Defence and Aerospace sector, the minister assured complete support to FRP institute and for such collaborations. Mr Parrikar said that, reinforced plastic play an important role in light weight and corrosion resistant application in various sectors.
He further informed that the indigenous aircraft programs such as ‘Dhruv’ and Tejas use composites as a dominant material of construction for aircraft.ICERP organized by FRP Institute once in two years, is the 8th in the series being organized by FRP Institute since 2002. The three-day ICERP 2017 event will comprise of exhibition, conference programmes emphassing on mechanism, process and automation; business meetings concentrating on technological tie-ups with global leaders, ICERP-JEC innovation awards presented jointly by FRP Institutes and JEC France, display of composite and innovative products and demonstrations of composites process. It is the second largest event in Asia. 
The emphasis of the ICERP 2017 will be upgradation of composites technology in India to reach global level in terms of product quality, finishing and also to address the challenges that have to be met to achieve global standards.

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