Canada Safran, a long-standing presence in local industry
The Group has been present in Canada for more than 70 years, and now has 1,700 employees spread over six industrial sites.
Safran is now a major local player in its long-established areas of expertise. It is in particular one of the main engine manufacturers for Canadian airlines.
Safran has made provision to respond to the Canadian armed forces’ need to modernize and develop.
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The Safran Landing Systems plant at Ajax, Ontario, specializes in the design, development, production and maintenance of landing systems, while the site at Mirabel, Quebec, produces the main components for landing gear. The Safran Helicopter Engines site, also at Mirabel, maintains and repairs its Arriel and Arrius helicopter engines, which are used in the fleets of North-American operators.
The Safran Cabin site at Kirkland, Quebec, produces interior equipment for most Bombardier business aircraft, in particular those in the Global and Challenger ranges.
Safran Electronics & Defense’s site at Peterborough, Ontario, designs, develops, produces and maintains engine control units, blade defrosters, steering control systems and landing gear and brake control systems for North-American aircraft and engine manufacturers.
Safran is responding to the Canadian armed forces’ need to modernize and develop. The Group’s product range, developed alone or in partnership, includes supplying high-performance optronic systems and equipment, drones, guidance and navigation systems, and critical software. Safran also designs electronic cards and sights for some naval equipment used by the American Department of Defense.
Safran has worked for many years with the major prime contractors in Canada, and with research centers and universities, and is active in many strategic think tanks. The Group also has a seat on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Aéro-Montréal Cluster, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association of France (GIFAS).
Over the decades, Safran has founded several professorial chairs relating to the industry, including a partnership with the École Polytechnique de Montréal and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The Group is also a member of the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI) and the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC).
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