Safran one of the 100 most innovative companies in the world

Paris, December 7, 2012

For the second year in a row, Snecma, a Safran company, was named one of the "Top 100 Global Innovators" in the 2012 rankings by Canadian news agency Thomson Reuters. Companies are ranked according to four main criteria: number of patents filed in the previous year, ratio of patents filed/published, international scope of the patents, and the number of patent citations by other companies.

Snecma's ranking in this list, alongside the world's leading companies from a number of industries, underscores the Safran group's excellence in research and innovation. "Our ranking is above all due to our research teams, and it's also a concrete illustration of our strategy of ongoing innovation, which is designed to maintain our distinctive difference in an increasingly competitive global market," said Yves Leclère, Safran Executive Vice President, Transformation.

Pierre Thouraud, Snecma's Vice President for Engineering, added: "Our people can be very proud of this ranking, which accurately reflects our company's capacity for innovation and our commitment to building solid foundations for the future. Our comprehensive expertise in innovation represents real added value, enabling Snecma to better anticipate the requirements of the fiercely competitive aerospace market, invent tomorrow's solutions and offer our customers a complete array of technologies to meet all their needs."

Since being founded, Safran has always encouraged and supported initiatives by all employees throughout the Group, from local innovations in the field to real technological breakthroughs. Last year Safran was the second ranking company in France for the number of patents published, with 573, and the Group now has an impressive portfolio of more than 25,000 patents.


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 close to 60,000 employees and generated sales of 11.7 billion euros in 2011. 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 1.3 billion euros in 2011. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.

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