Established in 1973, Samtel Group has grown to become India’s largest electronic systems manufacturer of displays for consumer products, avionics, industrial and medical applications. The group employs 6000 people in nine world-class factories and has an annual turnover of over US$300 million. Samtel’s displays are known for ruggedness and reliability and conform to the latest quality standards.
In 2006 the established a joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) called Samtel HAL Display Systems (SHDS). The avionic displays address specific avionics requirements for aircraft cockpits. As part of this JV, SHDS is responsible for system design, development, manufacturing, MRO and obsolescence management of display systems, ATE and IADS for all Indian platforms. The JV was formed in 2006 as the first public-private partnership in the defence avionics sector. Among SHDS products are Color Avionic Tubes (CAT), Multi Function Displays (MFD), Head Up Displays (HUD), Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD), Automated Test Equipments (ATE) and IADS, as well as Control Displays for Armored Military Vehicles.
Samtel has also established a JV with Thales Avionics. Samtel Thales brings the French company’s expertise to India, through Thales’ multi-domestic strategy of partnering with leading industry players across the world. The JV will work towards the local development, production, sale and maintenance of Helmets Mounted Sight & Display (HMSD) and other Avionics Systems destined for the Indian market. Samtel Thales Avionics will become the design authority for products and equipment developed and manage them through their entire life cycle.
Samtel has also acquired the CRT division of AEG, rebranded ‘Samtel Electron Devices GmbH’. The Ulm based facility traces its roots back to 1945 when AEG started a factory to manufacture Radio Valves. It is now specialized in high resolution, professional Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) for demanding applications for the Avionics, Ground, Naval and Industrial segments. The company’s products include CRTs for Helmet Mounted Displays, Head up Displays, Head Down Displays as well as Thermal Imaging and Control Displays for Armored Military vehicles.