SLCA celebrates 30 years in Florange

Florange, France, 3 December 2009 – SLCA, a subsidiary of Aircelle (Safran Group), is celebrating today its 30 years of expertise in the aircraft structures field. The ceremony was attended by SLCA staff as well as François Marzorati, Sub-Prefect for Thionville; Jean-Pierre Masseret, Lorraine Regional Council President and Senator for Moselle; Philippe Leroy, Senator and Moselle General Council President; and Philippe Tarillon, member of the Moselle General Council, President of the Val de Fensch metropolitan area and Mayor of Florange.

"The last 30 years have seen many advances, and SLCA still has many fascinating pages to add to history. When I talk about SLCA, I am talking first and foremost about the men and women who have transformed what was once a simple production shop into a highly recognised company that has known how to bounce back and which continues to invest for the future," declared Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, President of SLCA, in front of the employees attending the ceremony.

In 1979, the aircraft company Hurel-Dubois (later Aircelle, Safran Group) created a subsidiary in the Lorraine region of France to assemble aircraft cells: SLCA. Over the years, SLCA has increasingly specialised in composites and has acquired new equipment. It has developed partnerships with some of the great names in the aviation industry: wheel fairings and flight deck arrangement for Airbus, upper-deck engine cowlings for Eurocopter helicopters and, recently, components for Embraer's E170/190 and Phenom 100 aircraft.

Since November 2005, Aircelle has decided to expand SLCA's scope and to offer its customers a full service offer from design to manufacture of aircraft structure parts from composite materials, including after-sales support.

This expanded scope has given the company new momentum. New opportunities have been explored, with Embraer selecting SLCA as its first-rank partner for mobile tail unit parts on its future business jet, the Legacy 450/500.

To prepare its future, SLCA is actively leading Research & Development projects that are recognised at the national level, financed by national authorities and certified by the MATERALIA innovation cluster: CAPSAIRTM (lightweighting of aircraft structural parts by resin infusion) and COMAC (optimised multi-technique control of composite aircraft structures).

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SLCA is an important player on the European aircraft structures market. As a subsidiary of Aircelle (Safran Group), SLCA is specialised in project management, design and manufacture of complex assemblies made from composite materials. The company's traditional headquarters is located in Florange (Moselle, France) where its manufacturing plant employs nearly 160 persons for production, quality, industrialization and finance. The Plaisir site (west Paris suburbs) is the company's corporate headquarters where the management team, Operations, Sales and Purchasing are all located.

Aircelle is one of the leading players in the worldwide nacelle market for aircraft engines. A member of the Safran Group, Aircelle employs approximately 3,000 persons at seven sites in France, the United Kingdom and Morocco. Aircelle is the only nacelle supplier with products that cover a full range of aircraft, from small powerplants for regional jets and corporate aircraft to the world's leading single-aisle and widebody airliners. (Web site: www.aircelle.com)

Media contacts:

Marie-Noëlle Grandin – SLCA

Tel : +33 (0)1 30 07 91 26 - Mobile (France) : +33 (0)6 87 11 30 95
marienoelle.grandin@slca.fr

Frédérique Thomas – Aircelle – VP Communications
Tel: +33 (0)1 30 07 90 14 - Mobile (France) : +33 (0)6 74 83 67 35
frederique.thomas@aircelle.com