Safran Landing Systems hosts US government delegation in Velizy, France
Arun Venkataraman, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, visited Safran Landing Systems in Velizy, France as part of a recent diplomatic trip focused on strengthening transatlantic economic cooperation.
The delegation led by Arun Venkataraman was welcomed by Stéphane Rollin, Senior Vice President - Americas, International & Public Affairs; along with senior Safran leaders, including Stewart Odurny, EVP Customers and Strategy; Jean-Baptiste Minato, Head of Investor Relations; Patrick Joyez, EVP Engineering and R&T; David Ternisien, VP Wheels & Brakes Programs, Sébastien Dron, Technical Director; and Bruno Clairc, Head of Tests Department.
Velizy is the headquarters of Safran Landing Systems – the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. During a briefing, the delegation learned about the company’s global presence, key technologies, and major programs. The delegation got a close-up look at some of the company’s latest landing and braking innovations. As the inventor of the carbon brake, Safran Landing Systems equips the entire Boeing 737 NG/MAX family with the lightest carbon brakes on the market. The company proudly supports more than 33,000 aircraft making over 90,000 landings every day.
The next stop on the tour was a visit of ExceLAB, a new 4.0 test center where the company tests products related to aircraft braking, landing gear extension/retraction, nosewheel steering, system health monitoring and e-taxiing. ExceLAB is a fully connected lab using digital technologies to enhance its machines, tests and analysis capabilities. Additionally, by continuously analyzing operating data and adjusting the power supply, the lab is able to reduce energy consumption by 30%.
In the United States, Safran Landing Systems is represented by its Walton site, which produces and refurbishes advanced carbon composite brake disks, and produces aluminum alloy wheels and brakes for large commercial and military aircraft. Other locations include APRO, a Florida-based joint venture between Safran Landing Systems & Dassault Falcon Jet; and Safran Landing Systems Wheel & Brake Services, with locations in Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
As the Group continues to expand, visits such as these help to promote Safran as a trusted partner committed to driving innovation, creating jobs, and growing economic vitality.