Safran Experts, contributors to innovation

Today, the Group has a network of highly-skilled experts. How are they organized and what are their missions?

Found in all the companies in the Group, the 900 Safran experts form a global network with a very wide range of profiles in all of our professional sectors. These experts are divided into three levels, junior, senior and outstanding, and grouped into networks based on eleven strategic themes (see box).


Safran Corporate Ventures is overseen by Eric Dalbiès and directed by Grégoire Aladjidi and Hélène de Cointet.


The Safran Corporate Ventures team works closely with the Group's technical and business experts, benefiting from their expertise and experience in analyzing business cases and creating shared value between the startups in its portfolio and Safran.

Investment strategy

Minority venture capital investments

Priority areas of focus include amongst others:

  • INDUSTRY 4.0: non-destructive testing, augmented reality, Internet of Things for industry, robotics/cobotics, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity for industrial applications
  • Embedded components: critical onboard electronics, onboard software, connectivity, onboard energy, thermal management, hybrid electrical systems, cybersecurity
  • New materials, advanced materials: nanotechnologies, surface treatments, composites, ceramics, advanced manufacturing processes
  • New services, new business models: data analytics, on-demand aviation, new maintenance modes, co-creation, collaborative engineering
  • Connected Cabin & Passenger Experience: Connectivity, Comfort, In-Flight Entertainment
  • New markets, new platforms: civil drones, non-conventional vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, new transport modes

Itemiser 4DX by Morpho, the next-generation desktop explosives trace detector

A lightweight, portable desktop system, Itemiser® 4DX utilizes a long-lasting battery to enable rapid deployment between locations without powering down. By leveraging long-life consumables and internal calibration, Itemiser® 4DX seeks to minimize operational costs for airports and air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and government and critical infrastructure installations.

150 Itemiser® 4DX have been sold to date

The E-Fan, towards an increasingly electric aircraft

Can you remind us what the E-Fan is?

The E-Fan is a fully electric aircraft. The first prototype, the E-Fan 1.0, was made by Airbus Group and Aéro Composite Saintonge (ACS), a French SME specialized in composite materials; this is the model flying at the Paris Air Show today.
The E-Fan is now being developed by eleven partners gathered in a consortium, including Safran, Zodiac Aerospace, the CEA*, Serma Technologies, Evtronic, the engineering school of Arts & Métiers ParisTech, as well as ISAE and ENAC**.

Safran introduces its “More Electric by Safran” app

Electrification is speeding up, gaining ground and changing the game in the aeronautical industry. Safran is aware of the challenges: it is leading the energy revolution in the industry and developing a full suite of purpose-engineered technologies for more electric aircraft. In 2014, Safran established Labinal Power Systems, a subsidiary encompassing the Group's end-to-end electric systems (power generation, distribution and conversion, wiring, load management and ventilation).

Sagem introduces SkyNaute, a new family of aircraft navigation systems

Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, June 15, 2015

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