March 5, 2014
QuEST Global Manufacturing and QuEST Global SEZ are being rebranded as Aequs (pronounced a-cus).
The Aequs brand was unveiled at an event in Belgaum by Dr Klaus Richter, Executive Vice President - Procurement, Airbus Group. Airbus is an Aequs customer and sources aircraft parts and sub-assemblies directly and indirectly from the company’s Belgaum facilities, says Quest.
Speaking on the occasion, Richter said: “Airbus has been working with QuEST Manufacturing for many years. We look forward to continuing and growing the association with Aequs as their capacity and ecosystem expands even as the Airbus procurement activity in India is increasing both in volume and complexity.”
Aequs is derived from’ aequus’, Latin for ‘equal’. It reflects the company’s approach of collaborating with all stakeholders -- customers, employees, partners, investors, and the community -- to create efficient global ecosystems. For example, the Aequs manufacturing facilities in Belgaum, Karnataka and Houston, Texas are co-located with other companies in the supply chain to minimize logistics and supply chain inefficiencies. Aequs also actively pursues joint venture partnerships to offer its customers a broad range of capabilities. Current joint venture partners include Magellan Aerospace of Canada, Setforge and Aubert & Duval of France, and Saab Ab. of Sweden.
Aequs currently has over 600 employees spread across Bangalore, Belgaum, and Houston. Customers include Airbus, UTAS, Eaton, Baker Hughes, and Bosch.
Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & CEO, Aequs said: “QuEST Global covered three lines of business -- engineering services, manufacturing, and SEZ. As the manufacturing business and the related SEZ business grew, it became clear that manufacturing has a culture that is distinctly different from engineering services. We attract different customers, employees, and investors. The new Aequs brand and identity for the manufacturing business recognizes this distinction and enables both businesses to grow to their full potential.”