Safran begins construction on aircraft carbon brake facility in France

WCN Editorial Team 9 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

French aerospace company Safran has started construction on a new aircraft carbon brake plant in Feyzin, near Lyon in France.

The new plant will strengthen the production capacity of the company’s Safran Landing Systems, the landing and braking system subsidiary.

The new facility will include a range of Factory 4.0 technologies developed by the company, which result in a significant reduction in the consumption of water and energy, while the use of renewable energy will be increased.

The company is also launching a Research & Technology programme in partnership with laboratories, universities and small businesses in the region, supported by the federal and local governments.

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.”

Carbon brakes for aircraft are currently produced at Safran’s legacy site in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, Safran’s global research centre for friction materials, Walton, Kentucky in the US, and in Sendayan, Malaysia.

Safran Landing Systems CEO Jean-Paul Alary 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.”

In June 2019, Safran signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to expand collaboration between the two companies.

Under the MOU, the two companies will explore collaborative opportunities across various areas in space, commercial and military activities.

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Image: Safran begins construction on new aircraft carbon brake facility in France. Photo: Courtesy of Safran.

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