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Safran acquires 3D Metal Forming (3DMF), a global leader specialized in high energy hydro forming of metal parts


Gonfreville l’Orcher, 1st of March, 2024

Safran Nacelles completed the acquisition of 3DMF, a company specialized in High Energy Hydro Forming (HEHF) of metal parts. This innovative manufacturing process reinforces Safran Nacelles’ capacity to develop and produce parts for nacelles and engines, including nozzles and air inlet lips. HEHF is also an enabling technology for manufacturing Monolithic Integrated Structures from thick plate.
Safran bizjet nacelle and CFM International RISE engine

Located in the Netherlands, 3DMF manufactures prototype and series parts mainly for the aerospace industry. The manufacturing process developed by the company enables to produce a very high-quality finished product which can be large and of various thicknesses, and offers dimension and precision characteristics that are above current standards. 

As of today, 3D Metal Forming is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Safran Nacelles. 

We are delighted to integrate the 3DMF team in Safran Nacelles. Acquiring this new expertise enables us to enhance our technology portfolio and consolidate our position as a reference aerospace player in the development and manufacture of nacelles. This acquisition will notably enable the design and production of high-tech performance-enhancing parts for our customers, improving the performance of future generation propulsion systems” stated Vincent Caro, CEO of Safran Nacelles.

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. The Safran Group has a global presence, with 92,000 employees and sales of €23.2 billion in 2023, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or European leadership positions in its core markets. 
Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices. 

Safran Nacelles designs, integrates and provides support and after-sales service for aircraft nacelles. The company is a global leader in the market for commercial aircraft with more than 100 seats, business aircraft and regional aircraft. At the cutting edge of technology, Safran Nacelles offers nacelles that are ever more integrated with the engine, aerodynamic, lightweight with advanced acoustic treatments in order to contribute to the reduction of CO2 and noise emissions from aircraft. 

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