Mexico The number one employer in the Mexican aerospace industry
Safran has been present in the aviation sector in Mexico for more than 35 years. With more than 11,000 employees across 17 production, maintenance and engineering sites, Safran is currently the number one employer in the country's aviation industry.
With a strong presence on the Mexican aviation market, Safran is a preferred partner of local airlines. The Group specializes in producing parts for the CFM56, SaM146 and LEAP engines.
In Mexico, Safran designs and develops innovative aircraft equipment: electrical wiring, landing gears, flight control, etc.
Through its two sites in Tijuana and Chihuahua, Safran is a major player in Mexico in the field of interior fittings for aircraft.
Safran in Mexico
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In Mexico, Safran has two production plants specialized in aircraft propulsion, both located in Queretaro. One is dedicated to the critical parts of the CFM56® engine (developed, produced and marketed by CFM International, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE) and SaM146 engine (developed, produced and marketed by PowerJet, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and UEC Saturn). The other facility is a joint plant between Safran and Albany, and produces 3D woven parts for the LEAP® engine (developed, produced and marketed by CFM International). These materials make a significant contribution to the 15% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the LEAP engine compared to previoux generation engines. The plant also houses aircraft engine servicing and repair activities.
Unveiled in 2010 in Querétaro, the Safran Landing Systems site produces landing gear components for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner programs. The site's main activities are machining, non-destructive testing, heat treatments and painting. Safran Landing Systems has a second site in Querétaro, which specializes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of landing gears.
Electrical wiring systems
Safran has the world's largest center for manufacturing aircraft electrical wiring, in Chihuahua. Unveiled in 1990, this site is the Group's first aviation site opened in Mexico. It now has three plants and one wiring systems design and engineering center. It designs and produces 95% of the electrical wiring in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Flight control actuators
In Mexicali (Baja California), the Safran Electronics & Defense site produces electromechanical assemblies for aircraft controls (G-650, G450 and 550, C-130, ARJ21). Safran also has a service center in the city dedicated to repairing these parts for various aircraft manufacturers and airlines, including Boeing, Gulfstream, Hawker, Lockheed Martin, Lufthansa, Air France, American Airlines, etc.
At its site in Chihuahua, Safran Aerosystems specializes in manufacturing safety, evacuation (slides) and cockpit lighting systems.
Since 2006, Safran has produced business class and economy class seats for commercial aircraft (Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier) in Chihuahua.
Founded in 1992, Safran's Tijuana site was one of the first aerospace facilities in the area, manufacturing the MD-80 overhead storage compartments. Today, the site manufactures a range of cabin interior products including overhead bins, cockpit doors, lavatories, galleys, galley inserts and trash compactors for aircraft such as the Airbus A320, A330, A350 and Bombardier A400. In 2020, Safran opened a new manufacturing facility in Chihuahua for the production of Boeing 737 MAX galleys. This new site furthers Safran’s long-term strategic objectives to expand its cabin interior business, and provides future growth capacity. Chihuahua also houses manufacturing activities for Safran’s water & waste systems and in-flight entertainment products. Chihuahua is also home to EZ Air. This joint venture of Safran and Embraer provides complete interiors for Embraer’s E-Jets E1 and E2 regional aircraft, including luggage cabins, galleys, toilets, floor panels and sidewalls.
A strong commitment to local communities
Safran is a preferred partner of educational establishments in Mexico, for example through the Mexprotec program, which enables young Mexicans to specialize in a particular area, obtain a license and take occupational traineeships at a Group plant in France.
Safran donated a CFM56-3 engine and two landing gears to the French-Mexican aerospace campus at the National Aerospace University of Querétaro (UNAQ) to train its students.
Throughout the country, the Group accommodates trainees from various Mexican universities, such as Apodaca University in Nuevo Leon, to contribute to their training and employment.