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A groundbreaking ceremony to launch the Walton plant’s expansion


Safran Landing Systems held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its plant located in Walton, Kentucky. Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, Chairman of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Steve Pendery, and Vincent Mascré, CEO of Safran Landing Systems attended the event.

Specialized in the manufacturing of aircraft wheels and carbon brakes, the Walton plant is expanding to increase its production capacities. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of 2017. This is the fifth – and largest – major expansion of the Walton Safran Landing Systems plant, which was originally built in 1999. Increased production is necessary to meet growing demand for carbon brakes.

While carbon brakes were first introduced on the market by Safran Landing Systems in 1986, they are now the benchmark in high-performance braking for aircraft. With energy absorption capacity two to three times greater than steel brakes, and reduced operating costs, carbon brakes deliver proven technological, economic and environmental advantages to airlines. The Walton plant's clientele includes a large number of North American airlines (Delta, Spirit Airlines, Air Canada, etc.), and its carbon brakes are used on many different commercial and military aircraft.