Safran in Mexico

Safran has been operating in Mexico for over 25 years, primarily in the aerospace markets. Our local presence is geared to working closely with customers across the Americas, diversifying production locations and winning new markets. With around 13,000 employees at production, maintenance and engineering sites, Safran is Mexico's largest employer in the aerospace industry. In February 2016, Safran announced the construction of a new production plant in the country, dedicated to composite parts for the LEAP® jet engine. The new factory has been built in conjunction with U.S. partner Albany International, along the same lines as the two existing Safran/Albany plants, in Rochester, New Hampshire (USA), and Commercy (eastern France), which were inaugurated in 2014.

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With extensive operations in the Mexican aerospace market, Safran is a leading partner for the country's airlines. The CFM56® engine, developed and produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE, powers more than 120 single-aisle commercial jets for Aeromexico and Interjet. The LEAP® engine – the successor to the CFM56 – has already been chosen to power Aeromexico's 90-strong fleet of Boeing 737 MAX airliners and the 40 Airbus A320neo airliners ordered by Interjet. Safran also operates in the regional aviation market, as supplier of the SaM146 engine (through PowerJet, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and UEC Saturn) and nacelles for the fleet of 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jets ordered by Interjet.

The Group has two production plants in Querétaro, both Safran centers of excellence: one makes critical parts for the CFM56 and SaM146 engines and the other specializes in landing gear components for Airbus and Boeing airplanes. In addition, Safran operates the largest aircraft wiring plant in the world, in Chihuahua. When it was inaugurated in 1996, the plant was the first aerospace manufacturing plant in Mexico. Today, it comprises four production units and a wiring system design and engineering center. The site designs and produces 95% of the wiring used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and produces 75% of the wiring on the Airbus A380, the world's biggest jetliner.

To meet the needs of airlines across the American continent, Safran operates three maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centers in Querétaro. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a complete range of support services for aircraft engines, landing gear and hydraulic systems.

Safran also provides support services for a fleet of nearly 600 helicopter turbine engines in 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.




  • Harness closing, Airbus A380Harness closing, Airbus A380 © Alex Ojeda / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Damage removal using the horizontal milling machining process – Airbus A300Damage removal using the horizontal milling machining process – Airbus A300 © Adam Wiseman / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Exterior view of the site Safran Landing Systems MexicoExterior view of the site Safran Landing Systems Mexico © Adam Wiseman / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Electrical testing technicianElectrical testing technician © Alex Ojeda / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Maintenance & Repair (Querétaro) - Endocopic control of CFM56-5 engineMaintenance & Repair (Querétaro) - Endocopic control of CFM56-5 engine © Philippe Stroppa / Safran




Key contributor to training and education

Safran is an active partner to educational institutions in Mexico, notably through the Mexprotec program for bilateral cooperation between universities, which allows skilled Mexican technicians to obtain a vocational degree at an Institute of technology (IUT) in France. The program includes a four-month internship at a Safran company. As part of its active commitment to another major initiative, the Franco-Mexican Aerospace Campus set up by the National Aeronautics University of Querétaro (UNAQ), Safran donated a CFM56-3 engine and two landing gear systems for hands-on training. In addition, the Group regularly welcomes interns to its Mexican plants, contributes to vocational training programs, and is a partner to the Independent National University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Querétaro University of Technology (UTEQ). Furthermore, Safran helped set up specialized work-study training programs in conjunction with the Franco-Mexican high school (Lycée franco-mexicain) in Mexico City, which enable students to obtain a vocational degree from the University of Créteil in France. Safran also operates a training center for helicopter engine technicians at Mexico City International Airport.




Supporting innovation

Keenly aware of the country's potential, Safran is committed to fostering collaborative research and innovation opportunities in Mexico. In April 2014, the Group signed a letter of intent with Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to develop joint R&D projects. Safran also signed an agreement with the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) of the National Polytechnic Institute. In addition, Safran is a founding member of the Queretaro Aerocluster (ACQ), which it currently chairs, geared to developing research and education initiatives.




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