Safran, an active player in the Year of France in Brazil
On September 6, during President Sarkozy's visit to Brazil, Jean-Paul Herteman, chairman of the Safran executive board, inaugurated the exhibition of paintings by Gérard Fromanger. Also present at the inaugural ceremony in the Bank of Brazil's Cultural Centre in Brasilia were Frédéric Mitterand, French Minister of Culture and Communication, and Nelson Jobim, Brazil's Defence Minister. The exhibition brings together sixty paintings by the French artist, who is recognised as one of the major figures of the Figuration Narrative movement. This event comes under the framework of the Year of France in Brazil, which has enabled our country to present the different facets of its cultural life throughout 2009. "Safran's participation in the Year of France in Brazil is a special opportunity to forge strong and durable links between the two countries, but also to encourage the dialogue of cultures", said Jean-Paul Herteman during his inaugural speech.
Brazil, a special partner
Safran's presence in Brazil is not a new phenomenon. For over thirty years, the group has supplied the engines for numerous aircraft used by Brazil's armed forces: the Mirage III, but also Ecureuil, Panther and Super Puma helicopters.
In early 2009, Brazil's armed forces chose the Makila 2A1 turbine to power their fifty new twin-engine EC 725 helicopters. The group's signature can also be found on certain Embraer regional aircraft, including the Phenom100, which is equipped with Safran cabling systems. In addition, all of the Boeing 737 aircraft operated by GOL and Varig are powered by CFM56 engines.
The forthcoming opening of a representation office shows the Safran group's determination to become an exemplary partner of the Brazilian state in the long term. Brazil has also just confirmed its intention to acquire 36 Rafale aircraft, which are also powered by Safran: finalisation of this agreement is expected by the middle of 2010.