Safran/Albany open new composites facility in Commercy, France
Safran, Albany International and the French government officially inaugurate the opening of the new plant, which will manufacture 3-D composite fan blades and cases for CFM’s LEAP engine.
François Hollande, President of France, Jean-Paul Herteman, chairman and CEO of Safran (Paris, France), and Joseph G. Morone, president and CEO of Albany International Corp. (Rochester, N.H., USA), on Nov. 24 inaugurated a new production plant in Commercy, France, as part of the industrial partnership between Safran and Albany.
Opened in May 2014, the plant makes parts for new-generation aircraft engines using an innovative composite material technology. The first application of this new technology is the production of fan blades and cases for the LEAP aircraft engine from CFM International (a 50-50 joint venture of Safran and GE), which will power the next generation of single-aisle commercial jets, including the Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737 MAX.