Safran at Airshow China 2010
Safran participated in Airshow China, the country's largest international aerospace trade show and exhibition, from November 16 to 21 in the city of Zhuhai, along the southeast coast. With operations in the country for 30 years, including a number of production facilities and joint ventures, and ties reaching back a century, Safran's primary aim now is to bolster its presence in the coming years, most notably through long-term partnerships.
Showcasing advanced technologies
Safran's stand, located in the space hosted by French aerospace industry association Gifas, showcased several of the Group's flagship products for visitors. These included a model of the SaM146 regional jet engine, the Arriel and Ardiden 3 helicopter turboshaft engines, an A320 main landing gear, electric brakes for the Boeing 787 and carbon brakes for the 737NG, along with avionics equipment including flight controls and cockpit displays, and autopilots and sensors for helicopters.
For Safran, this event was also an opportunity to celebrate two major anniversaries: 100 years of presence in China and 30 years of industrial collaboration. Lin Zuoming, head of AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) and Jean-Paul Herteman, CEO of Safran, signed a strategic partnership agreement between the two companies to strengthen their industrial collaboration, in particular by extending it to encompass all of their subsidiaries' business sectors. Another highlight was the announcement by Comac (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China) and CFM International, the 50/50 joint company of Safran and GE, of the launch of the Leap-X1C engine which will power China's new C919 single-aisle commercial jet. One hundred of these new jetliners have already been ordered.
Other highlights during the week included the confirmation of Air China's order for CFM56-5B engines to power 20 new Airbus A320s; signature of a contract with CATIC/AVIC International concerning 90 Arriel 2C helicopter engines; signature of a contract with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China for the development of maintenance training programs for Safran helicopter engines; and signature of an agreement with AVIC subsidiary XAIC to create a joint venture dedicated to the manufacture and assembly of nacelle components in China.
Last but not least, Gifas organized a press trip for a dozen French journalists, enabling them to visit Safran's production plants in Suzhou, along with other facilities.