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    04.24.2014 | Download as PDF | Herakles (Safran) opens new biological treatment facility, the only one of its kind in Europe

    Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, France, April 24, 2014. Herakles (Safran) officially inaugurated today its new biological treatment facility for solid propellant waste. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Stéphane Abrial, Safran Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Office, Philippe Schleicher, Chairman and CEO of Herakles, Bruno Sainjon, head of operations at the French defense procurement agency DGA, and Alain Rousset, President of the Aquitaine Regional Council. The new facility is named LICORNE™ (Ligne Industrielle de Collecte des Objets pyrotechniques et de Réduction Naturelle des Effluents), which stands for "Collection line for pyrotechnic objects and natural reduction of effluents." Herakles’ new facility, a pioneering environmental solution ­– and the only one of its kind in Europe – processes ammonium perchlorate, the main ingredient in the solid propellants used by solid rocket motors powering launch vehicles and missiles. LICORNE™ is based on a process patented by Herakles, which uses bacteria to transform the ammonium perchlorate into nitrogen and chloride. Located at the company’s Saint-Médard site in the Bordeaux region, this new facility offers annual processing capacity of 300 metric tons of ammonium perchlorate, which covers all current requirements. According to Philippe Schleicher, Chairman and CEO of Herakles, "We have met a major challenge by setting up this environmentally-friendly solution to eliminate propellant waste, drawing on research conducted with the support of the DGA. Our new LICORNE facility reflects Herakles’ commitment to an eco-responsible approach that will help protect current and future generations." The Herakles plant in Saint-Médard produces solid propellant, a highly energetic material with a number of applications, including the solid rocket motors on the Ariane 5 and Vega launch vehicles, propulsion systems for strategic and tactical missiles, auto airbags and much more. The traditional treatment method for treating propellant waste and residue in solid rocket motors at the end of life, which involves burning this waste, is still compliant with regulations, but also generates atmospheric emissions. To set the environmental example in its sector, the DGA teamed up with Herakles to develop technologies that could be used to responsibly dismantle missiles and destroy all propellant and ammonium perchlorate waste in these rocket motors at the end of their life. In December 2013, the DGA and Herakles made a commitment to ensuring the treatment of production waste for the next ten years, as well as handling the dismantling of M45 missiles when taken out of service, and starting a dismantling process for M51 missiles. The Aquitaine Regional Council also contributed by co-funding the new facility. The culmination of R&D work that kicked off 20 years ago, the LICORNE™ facility allows Herakles to maintain control over the complete life cycle of its products. Herakles’ investment in this innovative new facility also reflects the company’s commitment to getting a head start on any changes in regulations concerning the burning of propellant waste. As one of the world leaders in solid propulsion, Herakles has made a firm commitment to applying an eco-responsible approach. **** Herakles, a Safran company, designs, develops, produces and sells solid rocket motors, energetic materials and equipment, and thermostructural and organic composite materials for the defense, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries. Herakles provides products and services for a number of applications, including strategic and tactical missiles, launch vehicles, civil and military aircraft, automotive safety systems and tooling for manufacturers.
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    04.24.2014 | Engineering students love Safran

    Safran was ranked 2nd and 5th among engineering students’ preferred employers in the Trendence and Universum surveys, respectively.

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    04.23.2014 | Download as PDF | CFM named Boeing Propulsion Supplier of the Year

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio — 22 April 2014 — CFM International is honored to have been selected the 2013 Boeing Propulsion Supplier of the year. The award, which recognizes exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s success during 2013, is based on meeting or exceeding quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support and affordability goals, and demonstrating the ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements. "Quality and reliability are the two attributes on which the CFM reputation has been built and it is especially gratifying to receive this accolade during CFM’s 40th anniversary year," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "We take great pride in our long relationship with Boeing and the fact that we have delivered nearly 14,000 engines on time and on spec. Our commitment is to continue to deliver to those very high standards." Overall, CFM has delivered more than 13,650 CFM56 engines to Boeing since it became the sole engine supplier for what is now called the Boeing 737 Classic, which was following in 1997 with the introduction of the CFM56-7B as the only engine to power the Next-Generation 737 aircraft. This unique, long-lived sole supplier relationship was extended in 2011 when Boeing chose the advanced LEAP-1B engine to exclusively power its new 737 MAX airplane scheduled to enter service in 2017. Development of the LEAP-1B engine is on schedule, with testing on track to begin in June 2014. "These supplier-partners performed exceptionally well last year—in ways that differentiated them," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman and chief executive officer. "They helped us provide our customers with more capability for less cost in today’s dynamic environment. We look to their partnership in the future to keep Boeing at the forefront of technology, innovation, productivity and affordability." Click here to see the CFM Supplier of the Year video: http://bcove.me/fwxzeet2 **** CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE and the world’s largest supplier of commercial aircraft engines. To date, 26,250+ CFM56 engines have been delivered to approximately 530 operators around the globe. This fleet has achieved more than 680 million flight hours as the most reliable engines in the air.
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