The summer saga: four movies about Safran’s human and industrial adventure – Turbomeca
The fourth film in our special summer series looks back at the history of Turbomeca, the world's leading manufacturer of helicopter turbine engines. It takes a specific look at: the company foundation by Polish engineer Joseph Szydlowski, the opening of its Bordes site in Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the company's global reach and the construction of its ultra-modern industrial facility, France's answer to the plant of the future.
At the beginning of the 1930s, at the request of the French Technical Aerospace Services, Joseph Szydlowski set up the company's operations in the Paris region, in Mézières-sur-Seine, to work on developing compressors and diesel engines.
In 1940, the German army was advancing and the French Technical Services asked him to move to the South-West of France. The first factory was built in Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre (Hautes-Pyrénées). The plant was then moved to Bordes and extended.
The engine manufacturer needed to modernize its production facilities and increase its manufacturing capacity. The company launched the construction of a new factory, close to its historic site. Inaugurated in 2010 by the French President, it is named after the founder of Turbomeca, Joseph Szydlowski.
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Four stories capturing the Group's culture have been chosen to be taken to the screen: the one about the Snecma site in Gennevilliers; which was the Group's founding site, the Sagem Fougères site's conversions, the solidarity between French and Polish mechanics during the floods that hit Hispano-Suiza Polska in 2010, and last but not least, the creation of Turbomeca, its development and the construction of its new factory.