1905

The Seguin brothers found the company "Société des moteurs Gnome" in Gennevilliers, near Paris, to make rotary engines for airplanes.

[Timeline]1905 Frères Seguin

 

1911
Mark birkigt

 

Creation of the Hispano-Suiza works in France to produce automobiles. Three years later, the company begins to make aircraft engines.

1912
Louis Verdet

Louis Verdet founds the company "Société des moteurs Le Rhône". In just two years it becomes Gnome's main competitor, prior to being acquired by the older company in 1915, creating the aircraft engine company "Société des Moteurs Gnome & Rhône".

1913
Roland Garros

 

First flight across the Mediterranean, by Roland Garros, and first loops flown (by Pyotr Nesterov and Adolphe Pégoud). What these firsts have in common is that the aircraft are powered by Gnome engines.

1920
Georges Messier

Founding of Messier Automobiles, which quickly becomes SFMA. The company changes its name to Messier in 1932 and specializes in aircraft landing gear.

1921
[Timeline]1921

Founding of the aircraft equipment company Labinal.

1925
Marcel Mome

Creation of the company "Société d'Applications Générales d'Electricité et de Mécanique" (Sagem) by Marcel Môme. Originally focused on mechanical equipment, the company quickly specializes in precision equipment for the French navy. In 1939, Sagem takes over Société Anonyme de Télécommunications (SAT).

1931
georges dowty

 

George Dowty creates Aircraft Components Co., which becomes Dowty Equipment Ltd. in 1940 and then joins British Messier in 1960. 

1938
Joseph Szydlowski

 

Joseph Szydlowski founds the company Turbomeca to make compressors for aircraft engines.

1944
Publicite SEPR

France creates SEPR (Société d'Etude de la Propulsion par Réaction), a company specialized in rocket propulsion technologies. 

1945

Gnome & Rhône is nationalized and renamed Snecma (Société Nationale d'Etude et de Construction de Moteurs d'Aviation), which also consolidates most French aero-engine manufacturers, some dating back to the turn of the century. 

 publicite snecma

 

1948
atar 101v

Snecma develops its first military jet engine, the Atar 101V.

1949

 

Roger Cuvillier, an engineer at Sopelem, invents the Pan Cinor, ancestor of the zoom lens, which will be a big hit with professional and amateur filmmakers alike. In 1996 Sopelem is acquired by SFIM, which will be taken over by Sagem in 1999.

Pancinor

 

1955

First flight of the Alouette II helicopter powered by a Turbomeca "Artouste" gas turbine.

[Timeline]1955

 

1960

SAT (Sagem) designs the world's first infrared guidance system for an air-to-air missile.

Autodirecteur mosaique

 

1961
centrale inertielle

Flight of the first inertial reference system designed by Sagem. Four years later, the Diamant A rocket, guided by this type of system, will send the first French satellite into orbit.

1968

Hispano-Suiza joins Snecma.

Logo hispano-snecma

 

1969

The merger of SEPR and the rocket engine division of Snecma gives birth to the company SEP (Société Européenne de Propulsion). 

Publicite SEP

 

1969

First flight of the Concorde supersonic transport (SST), featuring a number of systems from Snecma (Olympus 593 engines, designed and developed by Snecma and Rolls-Royce, the electrically actuated braking system designed by Messier, main landing gear and braking control system developed by Hispano-Suiza, etc.). This flight marks the start of Snecma's business growth in the civil aviation market. 

[Timeline]1969_concorde

 

1973
Moteur larzac sur laser jet

 

First flight of the Alpha Jet trainer, powered by a Larzac jet engine developed jointly by Snecma and Turbomeca (subsequently deployed by 13 air forces and governments).

1974
Ravaud Newman

Snecma enters the commercial aviation engine market by signing a partnership agreement with General Electric Aircraft Engines to make the CFM56 turbofan, via their joint company, CFM International. The previous year, during the historic summit meeting in Reykjavik, presidents Georges Pompidou and Richard Nixon had already laid the foundations for this partnership.

1977
[Timeline]1977

Following a series of mergers in 1971 between Snecma, Hispano-Suiza, Messier and Bugatti, the company Messier-Hispano-Bugatti is founded to group all landing gear businesses. Hispano-Suiza also bolsters its aviation business and makes its first thrust reversers. 

1982
bernard didier

Bernard Didier founds Morpho Systèmes, specialized in biometrics. Calling on a breakthrough technology for fingerprint identification, it goes from success to success. In 1984, the company creates North American Morpho Systèmes Inc., now MorphoTrak Inc., which focuses on the U.S. police criminal investigation market. 

1985
airbus messier hispano bugatti

Messier-Hispano-Bugatti supplies the first carbon brake for a commercial airplane, an Airbus A300 (providing weight savings per aircraft of 550 kg). The very first carbon brakes had been developed a few years earlier, in conjunction with SEP, for the Dassault Aviation Mirage 2000 fighter.

1993
technos reconnaissance de f

 

Sagem acquires Morpho (biometric fingerprint recognition systems), which had been founded in 1982. 

1997
SEP

Snecma takes full control of its space subsidiary SEP.

2000

Turbomeca and Labinal join the Snecma group.

snecma moteurs

 

2002
logo hurel hispano

 

Hurel-Dubois merges with Hispano-Suiza's nacelle business to create Hurel-Hispano. Three years later, the company changes its name to Aircelle.

2005

Safran is created by the merger of Snecma and Sagem.

creation de safran

 

2006

Snecma starts a program to develop a new-generation business jet engine, Silvercrest. 

silvercrest

 

2006
frein electrique du boeing 787 dreamliner

First contract for the electric brake, from China Eastern Airlines. This major innovation was developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by Messier-Bugatti. 

2008
[Timeline]2008_telephonie

Safran refocuses on core markets, as it divests its broadband communications and mobile phone businesses.

2008

Safran continues to expand its security business with the acquisition of Sdu-Identification BV (which later becomes Morpho BV).

passeport

 

2008

Safran and GE renew their CFM International partnership until 2040.

reconduite du partenariat safran ge

 

2008
cleansky

Europe launches a vast research program called Clean Sky, a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) equally financed by the European Commission and the European aerospace industry (including Safran). The aim is to develop new technologies that will make air transport cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient. 

 

2009

Morpho unveils the world's first contactless biometric facial and fingerprint recognition technologies ("Face on the fly" and "Finger on the fly"). 

finger on the fly

 

2009

The new-generation LEAP turbofan engine, designed and developed by CFM International, is chosen by Comac of China as the sole Western powerplant for its new single-aisle commercial jet, the C919, slated to enter service in 2016.

moteur LEAP

 

2010

Creation of Safran University.

logo safran university

 

2011

Safran share added to the French stock market index, CAC 40.

Entrée de Safran dans l’indice CAC 40.

 

2012

Sagem and Thales create a 50/50 optronics joint venture, Optrolead. They also take full control of their 50/50 joint venture, Sofradir, and transfer their infrared detector operations to this company.

Coupure de presse Les Echos « Sofradir reprend les activités de Sagem et Thales »

 

2013

First public demonstration of the EGTS electric taxiing system.

[Timeline]2013_egts.jpg

 

2013

Acquisition of GEPS (Goodrich Electrical Power Systems), making Safran a world leader in aircraft electrical systems. Safran consolidates all businesses concerning the design of these systems, leading to the creation of Labinal Power Systems, grouping Labinal, Technofan and Safran Power.

Coupure AFP « Safran se renforce dans l’avion plus électrique »

 

2013

Creation of Safran Composites, a research center dedicated to composite materials.

[Timeline]2013_safran_composites

 

2014

Safran and Airbus create a 50/50 joint venture to offer a new family of launch vehicles, combining competitiveness, versatility and high performance. 

Safran-Airbus Joint venture

 

2014

Safran acquires Eaton Aerospace's aircraft electrical distribution and integrated cockpit solutions, bolstering its airborne electrical power strategy.

Coupure de presse Air&Cosmos « Safran finalise le rachat des activités d'électricité embarquée de Eaton »

 

2014

Launch of Clean Sky 2, follow-on to the European research program Clean Sky. One of its objectives is a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometer by 2050.

Coupure de presse Flight International

 

2015

Creation of Safran Corporate Ventures, a corporate venture capital (CVC) entity to finance startups that have developed breakthrough technologies or approaches in Safran core businesses.

Young engineers in front of a 3D printer.

 

2015

Creation of a new entity called Safran Analytics to develop the Group expertise in all aspects of Big Data. Safran Analytics will help improve our processes and develop innovative services to reduce customers' operating costs.

A man is looking at charts on his computer.

 

2015

Inauguration of Safran Tech, the Group Research & Technology center, located in the Paris suburb of Saclay. Grouping nearly 300 researchers from many different horizons, Safran Tech was founded to pool the Group's different areas of expertise and foster breakthrough technologies.

Exterior view of Safran Tech

 

2015

Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran) create a 50/50 joint venture, specialized in the design, development, production and support of accessory drive trains (ADT) for all of Rolls-Royce's future civil aircraft engines. 

Logo of the new joint venture Aero Gearbox International

 

2016

The Patroller™ was recently chosen by the French government. Starting in 2018, 14 Patroller™ systems will gradually replace the Sperwer tactical drone systems now deployed by the French army.

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian visit to the Safran Electronics & Defense plant in Montluçon

 

2016

All the companies of the Group now share the same logo and their names include the Safran brand name.

Logo Safran

 

2016

The LEAP-1B and -1C received dual EASA/FAA certification and the LEAP-1A started revenue service on an A320neo for launch customer Pegasus Airlines.

The LEAP® engine was developed by Safran Aircraft Engines and GE through their joint company, CFM International, to power the next generation of single-aisle commercial jets. Combining the best technologies from the two partners, LEAP offers operators exceptional performance while retaining the legendary reliability of the CFM56®. These capabilities have already made the engine a best seller, even before it has entered revenue service.

 

2016

Safran enters into exclusive negotiations with Advent International for bringing together Safran Identity & Security with Oberthur Technologies.

Pilot project for access control in OTS (Overseas Transport System)premises in Australia.
Use of multi-biometric technologies :biometric card matching with 3D Face Reader (facial recognition), Iris at a Distance (iris recognition) or MorphoWave Desktop (fingerprints).

 

2016

Airbus Safran Launchers JV finalized: Europe's new space industry champion fully operational.

Vue d'artiste de l'Ariane 6 (A64)

 

2016

The CFM56 is the world's best-selling commercial jet engine, with over 30,000 delivered as of 2016.

30,000th CFM56 engine comes off the production line

 

2016

easyJet and CFM International celebrated 20 years of partnership.

De gauche à droite : Olivier Andriès, Président de Safran Aircraft Engines; Patrick Gandil, Directeur Général de l'Aviation Civile Française (DGAC); Carolyn McCcmaall, Directrice Générale d'easyJet; Philippe Petitcolin, Directeur Général de Safran et Jean-Paul Ebanga, Président-Directeur Général de CFM.

 

2016

Safran inaugurates flagship regional site: Safran Toulouse.

Exterior view, Safran Toulouse

 

2016

Cessna chose the Silvercrest to power its new Citation Hemisphere.

 

2016

Safran invested in Diota, the leading French publisher of augmented reality software solutions for industry.

Safran was at the Convergence trade show dedicated to the Industry of the Future, from 6th to 9th December 2016. 
The event was encouraged by the President of France François Hollande.

 

2017

Completion of the sale of Safran's identity and security activities to Advent International.

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