Safran in Mexico

Safran has been operating in Mexico for over 20 years, primarily in the aerospace and security markets. Our local presence is geared to working closely with customers across the Americas, diversifying production locations and winning new markets. With almost 5,700 employees at ten production, maintenance and engineering sites, Safran is Mexico's largest employer in the aerospace industry. In February 2016, Safran announced the construction of an eleventh production plant in the country, dedicated to composite parts for the LEAP® jet engine. The new factory is being built in conjunction with U.S. partner Albany International, along the same lines as the two existing Safran/Albany plants, in Rochester, New Hampshire (USA), and Commercy (eastern France), which were inaugurated in 2014.

Mexico's
largest
aerospace employer
Nearly
5,700
employees
10
production, maintenance and engineering
sites

 

Aerospace

With extensive operations in the Mexican aerospace market, Safran is a leading partner for the country's airlines. The CFM56® engine, developed and produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, powers more than 120 single-aisle commercial jets for Aeromexico and Interjet. The LEAP® engine – the successor to the CFM56 – has already been chosen to power Aeromexico's 90-strong fleet of Boeing 737 MAX airliners and the 40 Airbus A320neo airliners ordered by Interjet. Safran also operates in the regional aviation market, as supplier of the SaM146 engine (through PowerJet, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn) and nacelles for the fleet of 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jets ordered by Interjet.

The Group has two production plants in Querétaro, both Safran centers of excellence: one makes critical parts for the CFM56 and SaM146 engines and the other specializes in landing gear components for Airbus and Boeing airplanes. In addition, Safran operates the largest aircraft wiring plant in the world, in Chihuahua. When it was inaugurated in 1996, the plant was the first aerospace manufacturing plant in Mexico. Today, it comprises four production units and a wiring system design and engineering center. The site designs and produces 95% of the wiring used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and produces 75% of the wiring on the Airbus A380, the world's biggest jetliner.

To meet the needs of airlines across the American continent, Safran operates three maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centers in Querétaro. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a complete range of support services for aircraft engines, landing gear and hydraulic systems.

Safran also provides support services for a fleet of nearly 600 helicopter turbine engines in 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

 

Security

Safran has supplied 65% of the public biometric systems used by Mexico's federal and provincial governments and police forces. Its largest customer is the National Electoral Institute. Safran also issues driver's licenses in several states. In the banking sector, the Group has delivered more than 10,000 biometric scanners to Banamex and BanCoppel, the first two Mexican banks to invest in this technology. Safran provides security solutions for several airports in Mexico. In partnership with airport operator ASUR, it installed explosive detection systems for luggage screening and access control systems at Cancun airport. Lastly, the Group is a leading provider of SIM cards for the telecom market in Mexico and Central America.

 

Defense

In June 2015, Safran and its Mexican partner Seguritech (a leader in innovative security technologies) signed an agreement for the joint development in Mexico of cutting-edge technology solutions for defense and homeland security applications, including airborne surveillance and drone systems.

 

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  • Harness closing, Airbus A380Harness closing, Airbus A380 © Alex Ojeda / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Damage removal using the horizontal milling machining process – Airbus A300Damage removal using the horizontal milling machining process – Airbus A300 © Adam Wiseman / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Exterior view of the site Messier-Dowty MexicoExterior view of the site Messier-Dowty Mexico © Adam Wiseman / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Electrical testing technicianElectrical testing technician © Alex Ojeda / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Maintenance & Repair (Querétaro) - Endocopic control of CFM56-5 engineMaintenance & Repair (Querétaro) - Endocopic control of CFM56-5 engine © Philippe Stroppa / Snecma / Safran

 

 

 

Key contributor to training and education

Safran is an active partner to educational institutions in Mexico, notably through the Mexprotec program for bilateral cooperation between universities, which allows skilled Mexican technicians to obtain a vocational degree at an Institute of technology (IUT) in France. The program includes a four-month internship at a Safran company. As part of its active commitment to another major initiative, the Franco-Mexican Aerospace Campus set up by the National Aeronautics University of Querétaro (UNAQ), Safran donated a CFM56-3 engine and two landing gear systems for hands-on training. In addition, the Group regularly welcomes interns to its Mexican plants, contributes to vocational training programs, and is a partner to the Independent National University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Querétaro University of Technology (UTEQ). Furthermore, Safran helped set up specialized work-study training programs in conjunction with the Franco-Mexican high school (Lycée franco-mexicain) in Mexico City, which enable students to obtain a vocational degree from the University of Créteil in France. Safran also operates a training center for helicopter engine technicians at Mexico City International Airport.

 

 

 

Supporting innovation

Keenly aware of the country's potential, Safran is committed to fostering collaborative research and innovation opportunities in Mexico. In April 2014, the Group signed a letter of intent with Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to develop joint R&D projects. Safran also signed an agreement with the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) of the National Polytechnic Institute. In addition, Safran is a founding member of the Queretaro Aerocluster (ACQ), which it currently chairs, geared to developing research and education initiatives.

 

 

Safran in Mexico