Safran and Polytechnique Montréal sign technology collaboration contract

Paris, 30 November 2010

During the second symposium on French competitiveness clusters and Québecois centers of excellence, organized in France from November 24 to 26, Safran and Polytechnique Montréal signed a contract concerning technology collaboration on organic matrix composites.

The agreement involves a total budget of CA$6 million, equally funded by Canada and Safran, and will run for five years, with a renewal option. An Industrial Chair will be named, and a license granted for the use of a patented process.

This accord is primarily intended to finance various research projects and university development initiatives concerning the use of composite materials in aircraft and rocket propulsion, as well as aircraft equipment, defense and security.

Research will focus on the modeling and optimization of resin injection outside autoclaves, particularly for the process covered by the license. This process saves time, reduces cycles and enhances quality, while also supporting the use of resins to enhance material characteristics.

For the Safran group, the initial applications will be on:

  • Containment ring for a new commercial engine.
  • Solid rocket motor nozzle.
  • Structural components for the nacelle.

The technology collaboration agreement was signed on November 26, 2010 by Michel Laroche, Safran Executive Vice President, R&T, and Christophe Guy, CEO of Polytechnique Montréal, in a ceremony attended by Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, and Jean Charest, Prime Minister of Québec.


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has 55,000 employees and generated sales exceeding 10.4 billion euros in 2009. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.1 billion euros in 2009. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.

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