Carbon brakes by Safran in use on more than 10,000 airplanes deployed by some 500 airlines worldwide
PARIS, 8-Jul-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Safran has just announced it is going to build a new plant in Feyzin focused on producing aircraft carbon brake. The site is near by Lyon and the ceremony was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Ross McInnes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safran.
The new production facility is part of Safran Landing Systems and will strengthen its production capacity. The company is Safran Group’s landing and braking system specialist. Currently, three Safran facilities are making carbon brakes for aircraft. The legacy site located in Villeurbanne, which is near Lyon, Safran’s global research center for friction materials based in Walton, KY, United States and Sendayan in Malaysia.
The new production facility in Feyzin will rely on the full array of “Factory 4.0” technologies developed by Safran, which will result in significant reduction in energy and water consumption, as well as increased use of renewable energies. Furthermore, in addition to the new plant, Safran will also initiate a major Research & Technology program together with laboratories, universities and small businesses in the region of Lyon, which will be backed and supported by the federal and local governments.
Commenting on the new plant, Safran CEO Philippe Petitcolin, said:
“Today we are extremely proud to announce the construction of this new plant. It will be a truly world-class production facility because of the innovative technologies used, while also setting a new standard in environmental-friendliness. In the Lyon region we enjoy one of the most dynamic industrial ecosystems in France, and we will eventually be adding up to 200 new employees at this plant.”
Commenting on the carbon brakes demand, Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Landing Systems, said:
“Carbon brakes by Safran are already used on more than 10,000 airplanes deployed by some 500 airlines worldwide. With this new plant in Feyzin, Safran Landing Systems will consolidate its world leadership in carbon brakes and also address growing demand, driven by sustained growth in air traffic around the world. Our new plant will feature an innovative modular design, allowing it to develop in line with market requirements over the coming decades.”
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