With an investment of US$ 75 million, French aerospace components manufacturer Safran in the coming weeks will inaugurate its sixth facility in Queretaro, which already employs 440 workers, announced the state governor Francisco Dominguez Servien in a press conference.
The manufacturing site began operations last November, but its opening will be officialized in Feb. 21. According to the official, during the inauguration another “important announcement will be made”, but he declined to provide further detail.
At the new plant, which is located in the Aeronautica Industrial Park, Safran manufactures blades for the new generation LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion) turbine, which is an engine that reduces emissions by 50%, as well as being quieter.
For this purpose, composite materials and resin are used with a 3D molding transfer, a technology developed by Safran and Albany International Corp., a company specialized in advanced materials. The goal is to reach a yearly production of 20,000 blades by 2021. According to the company, there’s currently around 15,000 orders for the LEAP engine to fulfill.
The Group has another two production plants in Queretaro, both Safran centers of excellence: one makes critical parts for the CFM56 and SaM146 engines and the other specializes in landing gear components for Airbus and Boeing airplanes.
Also in Queretaro, Safran operates three maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centers. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a complete range of support services for aircraft engines, landing gear and hydraulic systems.
The MRO centers provide support services for a fleet of nearly 600 helicopter turbine engines in 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In addition to the Queretaro facilities, Safran operates the largest aircraft wiring plant in the world, in Chihuahua. When it was inaugurated in 1996, the plant was the first aerospace manufacturing plant in Mexico.
Today, it comprises four production units and a wiring system design and engineering center. The site designs and produces 95% of the wiring used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and produces 75% of the wiring on the Airbus A380, the world's biggest jetliner.