Safran takes stake in Krono-Safe, an innovative new critical software company

Paris, September 15, 2015

Safran announced today that it has acquired a capital stake in the company Krono-Safe, via Safran Corporate Ventures, its corporate venture capital subsidiary that focuses on new technology companies.


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Priority areas of focus include amongst others:

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  • 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
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  • New markets, new platforms: civil drones, non-conventional vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, new transport modes

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