Snecma and BARON win MIDEST 2013 award for their innovative partnership

Courcouronnes, France – November 20, 2013 – Snecma (Safran) and BARON have won the MIDEST 2013 award in the "partnership/alliance" category for a joint development that combines innovation and technical performance. MIDEST is the world's leading trade show for industrial subcontracting, and its awards recognize companies showing outstanding collaboration.

Snecma, a Safran company, is one of the world's leading producers of aircraft and rocket engines, with over 13,000 employees worldwide. It decided to team up with a family-owned French company with 300 employees to jointly develop a robot featuring state-of-the-art technology in terms of micromechanics, automation and precision. This close partnership resulted in patents concerning the automated assembly and disassembly of cutting inserts.

"At the end of 2012 we were looking for a partner that would offer expertise in micromechanics, automation and robots, to form an integrated project team," explains Olivier Delcourt, deputy director of the materials and processes division at Snecma. "The company BARON met all our expectations, by deploying the full range of its technical skills in this project. The resulting robot demonstrator allowed us to improve the quality of our machining and the user-friendliness of the workstation."

Fully aware of the growing R&D challenges in its fields, over the last few years BARON has focused on bolstering its technical expertise to meet the current and future requirements of its customers. This evolving position has enabled the company – which just celebrated its 30th anniversary – to work with the leaders in a very wide range of sectors (including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agrifoods, etc.), and to ensure its long-term viability.

According to company founder Philippe Baron, "The results of this partnership clearly show the innovative capabilities of French industries, and their determination to maintain technological leadership in order to improve their competitiveness. We are constantly working with our customers to analyze ways of improving their production machinery and equipment. Our expertise, responsiveness and innovative mindset are also there to support our customers' business development."

****

About Snecma :

Snecma is part of Safran, an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56* and the new-generation LEAP*. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. Snecma is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil and military aircraft engines, under the new EngineLife® brand, offering comprehensive support for customers around the world.
*CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran), France and GE of the United States.

About BARON :

BARON draws on 30 years of experience with industry and a highly complementary spectrum of expertise to meet the requirements of turnkey projects for major international customers.
The company provides services in the following areas: automation, electricity, production automation, robotics, special machines, mechanics, sheet metal working, industrial maintenance, industrial transfers, production lines, turnkey projects.
Its business sectors are: pharmaceuticals, aerospace, luxury, agrifoods, chemistry, automotive, metallurgy, steel, etc.
This family-owned company, created by Philippe Baron in 1983, now has 300 employees and annual sales of €30 million, with customers around the world.
For further information, see the website : http://www.baron-groupe.fr

Contact presse :

Snecma
Giulia Lecarrié
T : 33.1.69.87.09.29
M : 33.6.42.40.17.19
giulia.lecarrie@snecma.fr
www.snecma.com

BARON
Stéphanie Baron
T : 33.3.21.10.21.21
stephaniebaron@baron-group.com
www.baron-groupe.fr