The Power Of I 2018

Young Gun

How a third-generation scion of a tea company ended up as a preferred component supplier to Boeing

Can a tea plantation company be a component supplier to aerospace and defence? As odd as it sounds, the unique distinction goes to Rossell India, whose subsidiary Rossell Techsys has emerged as a leading supplier of wire harnesses and panels to aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin. A third generation entrepreneur, Rishab Gupta, instead of settling down with the decade-old plantation business, chose to ride the opportunity arising from the offset clause introduced by the government for foreign players keen on bagging Indian defence contracts. Starting off with harnesses, Rossell Techsys is now offering electrical panels for military aircraft. It has also partnered with Boeing to offer the first ever industry-sponsored skilling post-diploma course. The company, which is in talks with marquee French and Israeli clients, now wants to expand its capabilities by targeting the domestic MRO space.