Suppliers' Day 2013: the first Safran suppliers' convention

"Working together for higher effectiveness" was the theme of the 2013 Suppliers’ Day, the first Safran suppliers' convention organized on 22 November at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. Some 400 participants representing approximately 230 companies from around the world<sup>*</sup>, all Safran suppliers, attended this pioneering event.

Competitiveness was the leitmotiv for this inaugural suppliers' convention, which brought together 410 representatives from Safran's largest suppliers. The aim was to make the supply chain actively aware of the Group's future challenges, its growth prospects and industrial objectives. As such, members of Safran's purchasing network and purchasing support functions participated in this highly informative and productive day of discussions and exchanges, which addressed four major topics: building a balanced, long-term relationship with the Group; the obligation to meet cost, quality and deadline performance requirements; the success of new programs; innovation and preparing for the future.

An information packed program

Le programme de cette journée a permis d'aborder ces thèmes en alternant The day's program addressed these topics by blending presentations, round-tables, videos, supplier testimonies, talks from the Group's managers and directors, an award ceremony, etc. and included a captivating presentation by Joël de Rosnay, the CEO of Biotics International and special advisor to the President of Universcience, on his vision of the world in 2030.

In his opening address to the Convention, Jean-Paul Herteman, the Safran Group Chairman and CEO, summarized the Group's overall situation and its development while also referring to the largest industrial investment ever made by the Group to support the massive, in-depth renewal of our product range: LEAP1 engines, space engines for Ariane 5ME and Ariane 6, helicopter turbines, etc.… His closing remarks focused on innovation, the greatest challenge facing the Group and its Supply Chain.

Next up was Jean-Pierre Cojan, Executive Vice President in charge of Strategy and Transformation, who spoke about the Group's strategy. After speaking about the quiet revolution of "more electric aircraft", the follow-on from LEAP, the strong development of digital identities and the importance of the civil applications of defense technologies, Cojan, stressed the importance of the supply chain's capacity to innovate: "when you know that Safran purchases three-quarters of what it sells, you quickly realize that the greatest effort in terms of quality, cost and performance must come from our suppliers. The entire supply chain must support us in innovating."

Future programs

Whether through new generations of engines – LEAP, turboprops, open rotors, etc. – or the convergence of technologies in the field of safety, Safran is preparing for the future thirty years' down the line by developing several programs. The aim of the session on new programs was to make suppliers aware of the challenges that lie ahead in order to support the Group through this technological odyssey.

Another of the day's highlights were the round-table discussions, chaired by two company purchasers, two suppliers and a Group expert sponsor respectively. Three topics were addressed: collaborative innovation, the development and industrialization of new programs, and the management of performance and continuous improvement.

In his closing address, Marc Ventre, the Group's Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Operations. After extending his sincere thanks, Marc Ventre invited the suppliers to actively participate in the next chapters of Safran's history, before urging them to continue down the same road, where many challenges must be met together, such as achieving the successful ramp-up of LEAP, and moving from 0 to 1,500 engines a year in just over two years time...

(*) USA, Japan, Russia, India, South Africa, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Canada
(1) LEAP, this new generation engine designed and developed by CFM International, will power the Airbus and Boeing next medium range aircraft generation and the new Chinese C919 as well.

The Safran Supplier Awards
The day rounded off with the presentation of Safran Supplier Awards to seven companies, acknowledging their actions in the fields of continuous improvement and the management of performance and innovation.

  • QRQC Award to Souriau the QRQC (quick response quality control)
  • Innovation Awards to Alcoa Fastening Systems and Hexcel Composites
  • -*SPM Awards to Timet Savoie, Kep Technologies and Jehier (supplier performance management)

  • SD Award to ARM (supplier development)