Safran supports the Moroccan government's drive to make the country a center of excellence in aviation and a competitive production base with links to Europe.
MATIS Aerospace, the aircraft wiring joint venture between Safran Electrical & Power and Boeing, celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016. Based in Casablanca, this company supplies some 140,000 wiring assemblies a year to Boeing, Airbus, Dassault and other manufacturers, as well as wiring harnesses for the LEAP, CFM56 and GE90 engines. In 2016 this plant also won a Silver Award from Boeing, honoring its best suppliers, in the Production and Design category.
Safran Nacelles has set up a plant in Nouasseur, specialized in the production of composite materials and the assembly of structural components for nacelles. This is the first plant in Morocco to make composite parts for aircraft.
Safran Electronics & Defense opened a new plant in 2015 to make actuators and tire pressure measurement systems, while also handling the assembly of mechanical and electrical equipment for commercial aircraft.
In 2005, Safran Electrical & Power Maroc opened a center of excellence in wiring harnesses for different Airbus commercial airplanes, as well as helicopters, in Rabat-Ain Atiq.
Safran's extensive business in the country has fostered the emergence of an extended and powerful supply chain. Safran applies a policy designed to attract suppliers located near its facilities, helping to speed up the response time of its Moroccan production organization.
A support center for customers in the region
Safran has operated in Morocco since 1999, when it created Safran Aircraft Engine Services Maroc, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and the national flag carrier Royal Air Maroc that specializes in support services for aircraft engines. Located at the Casablanca international aircraft, this company is now the leading maintenance provider in Africa for the CFM56, the world's best-selling aircraft engine. It also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for other aircraft equipment and auxiliary power units (APU).
Safran Engineering Services Maroc provides engineering services to other Group companies, including Safran Aircraft Engines and Safran Nacelles.
Committed to training
Safran works with the Moroccan government, industry and universities to support a proactive training policy in the aerospace trades.
In particular, Safran played a lead role in setting up a partnership with Morocco, the UIMM (Union des Industries et Métiers de la Métallurgie) metallurgy trade association and GIMAS (Groupement des Industries Marocaines Aéronautiques et Spatiales), the Moroccan aerospace industry association, to create a Casablanca-based Aerospace Jobs Training Institute, IMA (Institut de Formation aux Métiers de l'Aéronautique). This training center provides a value-added apprenticeship program to train young people in aerospace trades, and thus support the development of a local aerospace industry.
Safran has also set up partnerships with local universities and engineering schools, including the Université Al Akhawayn d'Ifran and the Ecole d'Electricité et Mécanique de Casablanca. The aim is to develop innovative training programs that address the emerging needs of local industry, and also provide a path for young technicians to earn engineering degrees.
Driving local innovation
Safran has made a commitment to the Moroccan government to support the development of the country's research activities. In 2014, the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education, the Académie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques and Safran signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of research & technology in the country, based on a system to fund research at universities. The aim of this initiative is to help create programs leading to doctorates in disciplines related to aerospace, while also meeting Safran's production and R&T needs in key areas such as composite materials and associated manufacturing processes, mechanical engineering, mathematics and onboard systems.