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Safran Seems Rep Plant

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:43

Safran’s new 10,000m2 SAMES Rep plant in Queretaro adds to the company’s previous six production, maintenance and engineering locations, generated throughout the company’s 21 years as part of the Mexican aerospace industry. With over 5,400 employees throughout the republic, Safran Group is the largest employer in the Mexican aerospace industry. This new plant repairs highpressure turbine rings and supports and low-pressure turbine guide vanes.

Safran is also developing another plant to enhance the ongoing production of 3D-woven composite blades for CFM’s LEAP engine. Daniel Parfait, President of Safran Mexico, says the company plans to increase its total LEAP engine production to 2,000 units a year to fulfill the orders of Boeing, Airbus and Comac. Safran produces composite 3D-woven fan blades for the LEAP engine in Queretaro and expects to produce 800 blades in 2017 and grow its production to 20,000 units by 2021. This plant is projected to generate 500 jobs in the state.

The first Safran Group plant in Mexico is located in Chihuahua. This facility is also the largest aircraft wiring center in the world. Ninety-five percent of the wiring for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is both designed and produced there, alongside 75 percent of the wiring for the Airbus A380. But Safran does not only focus on airplanes, the company also provides support services for a fleet of about 600 helicopter turbine engines in 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

As part of its commitment to foster collaborative research, Safran is a key partner of UNAM and UTEQ and signed a letter of intent with CONACYT to develop joint R&D projects and a collaboration agreement with CINVESTAV. The company also takes part in the Mexprotec cooperation program, which offers Mexican technicians the opportunity to earn a vocational degree at a technological institute in France, including a four-month internship at one of the Safran Group companies. Safran Group is also a founding member of the Queretaro Aerocluster as part of its drive to develop research and education initiatives for the benefit of the aerospace industry in Queretaro and Mexico.