Safran mainly supplies aircraft equipment to Airbus Group, our largest customer in Germany. Safran engineers are involved in all Airbus development programs currently underway in Germany. Construction of a new plant in Hamburg (Hausbruch) started in April 2014. It will assemble and deliver nacelles for the Airbus A320neo, powered by twin LEAP-1A® engines from CFM International (the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE). Safran also provides services for the Airbus Group electrical wiring harness production lines.
Since 1991, Safran in Germany has provided a range of support services (spare parts, support by the hour packages, flight-line technical support, training, etc.) and maintenance services for some 1,700 helicopter engines deployed by over 250 customers in 29 countries (Scandinavia, central and eastern Europe, central Asia and Russia).
A major player in the aerospace cluster around Hamburg, we are a partner in three joint ventures:
- Europrop International GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines, ITP, MTU and Rolls-Royce that makes the TP400 turboprop engine for the Airbus A400M military transport.
- MTR GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Helicopter Engines, MTU and Rolls-Royce that makes the MTR 390 turboshaft engine powering the Tiger military helicopter.
- AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Electronics & Defense and MTU that is developing electronic equipment for civil and military applications.
Safran is a long-standing trusted partner to the German aerospace and defense industries. Primarily based in the Stuttgart region, Safran designs, develops and produces inertial sensors and equipment for flight control and navigation systems, as well as for industry. Our core expertise is fiber-optic gyros (FOG), producing over 4,000 units a year in Germany to rank among the world's leading manufacturers.
We also conduct engineering projects and provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the defense industry.
Supporting educational initiatives
Safran is highly involved in educational support initiatives in Germany. For instance, our subsidiary AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH is one of the founders of the Embedded Systems Software Engineering Institute (SEI), created under the impetus of the software engineering committee of the German aerospace industries association, BDLI. SEI is funded by the Bavarian economy, media, energy and technology ministry, and is part of fortiss, a research institute associated with the Technical University of Munich (TUM).