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Safran is a cornerstone in the U.S. and French aerospace industry relationship


April 23, 2018

This week’s visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to the United States spotlights the deep ties that link these two countries. As a supplier of choice for the U.S. aviation and defense sectors – as well an employer that creates quality jobs – Safran exemplifies the benefits of Franco-American cooperation and collaboration.

Since entering the U.S. market more than four decades ago, Safran has supported a growing customer base that includes federal, state and local governments, the armed forces, airlines and many other users in the aerospace and defense sectors. 

In addition to becoming a key supplier for America, Safran’s production and assembly activities in the U.S. cover a full range of aircraft components, including those for propulsion systems, landing gear and brakes, wiring, as well as services. These products are used on airframes from such top U.S. aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Bell, Textron Aviation and Sikorsky, and they also equip internationally-built products from Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Embraer as examples.

Safran's U.S. footprint is the company’s largest outside of France, with approximately 14,000 employees across 26 states at manufacturing and assembly sites, testing locations, along with support and service centers.

Earlier this year, Safran’s U.S. presence grew significantly with the acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace, a worldwide leader in aircraft systems and equipment that has locations throughout the country. Zodiac Aerospace is represented in the United States by its three branches, Aerosystems, Cabins, and Seats. On a global scale, Safran became the world’s third largest aerospace company (excluding aircraft manufacturers) with the addition of Zodiac.