Thursday, July 25, 2024

Safran Expands Presence & Industrial Footprint In India

By Staff Correspondent

On July 7 and 8, Safran is inaugurating three new production sites in India and announcing the construction of a major new facility in 2025, bolstering its strategic partnership with the country. Safran has operated in India for 65 years and now counts 10 facilities and 750 employees in the country. These announcements, which represent more than $200 million of investment between  2018 and 2025, clearly reflect the Group’s commitment to long-term development in the country.  

“With these new sites, we’re opening a new chapter in Safran’s long history with the Indian aerospace and defence industries, and we are reaffirming our commitment to the government’s ‘Make in India’ policy and sovereignty strategy,” said Olivier Andriès, Chief Executive Officer of Safran. “To support the country’s dynamic aviation market, with passenger traffic set to more than double in the next twenty years, we are accelerating our investments and industrial development in India. Through the creation 

of our largest maintenance and repair centre for commercial engines, we are also paving the way to expand our MRO activities in India to military engines. With our three new production facilities and our  major in-house IT centre we will triple the number of employees in India over the next four years,  building on the excellent local talent base.”  

Two new neighboring plants are being inaugurated on July 7 in Hyderabad, for Safran Aircraft Engines  and Safran Electrical & Power.  

The Safran Aircraft Engines plant, spanning 15,000 square meters (162,000 sq ft), will make rotating parts for the LEAP engine from CFM International. It will provide the additional capacity needed to meet the requirements of a production ramp-up for the best-selling commercial aeroplane engine of its generation. Eventually employing 275 people, this plant applies Safran’s highest standards in terms of industrial processes, machinery and equipment and sustainability, with one-third of electrical power to be provided by solar panels.  

During the inauguration, Jean-Paul Alary, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Aircraft Engines, announced  the creation of a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for CFM LEAP engines, to be  built at the industrial Park of GMR. The largest MRO center in the network, it will start operations in  2025 and will eventually offer annual capacity of 250 to 300 engine shop visits. The LEAP and its  predecessor, the CFM56, now power over 330 Airbus A320/A320neo and Boeing 737/737 MAX  airplanes deployed by airlines in the Indian sub-continent. More than 1,500 LEAP engines are currently  on order in the region.  

“Our new MRO 4.0 center in Hyderabad will strengthen our global network and enable us to meet the  needs of our CFM customers against a backdrop of booming air traffic in India and the region,” noted  Jean-Paul Alary. “We benefit from the fast growing aviation ecosystem and oustanding competences  in the State of Telengana.”  

Safran Electrical & Power’s plant, located in the same airport zone as the Safran Aircraft Engines plant  and sharing all support functions, makes wiring for LEAP engines and the Rafale fighter. Opened in  November 2018, the plant has 150 employees today, growing to 200 when it reaches full capacity.  

The third plant is being inaugurated on July 8, 2022 in Bangalore, for Safran HAL Aircraft Engines, a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. This new site  replaces the initial plant that dates from 2005, more than doubling the surface area and featuring state of-the-art installations. It’s located in a Special Economic Zone near the Bangalore airport. Spanning  11,000 square meters (118,800 sq ft), the plant makes complex piping, mostly for the LEAP engine,  and has about 150 employees.  

During his visit to India, Olivier Andriès announced the creation of Digit, an in-house entity tasked with the development of digital systems for Safran. The entity’s two main facilities, Hyderabad and Mumbai, start operations in the summer of 2022. Digit plans to recruit 1,000 people over the next five years by calling on India’s vast talent pool for the development of digital applications and systems, as well as cybersecurity. 


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