Safran has announced plans to build a new production facility for aircraft carbon brakes in Feyzin, France. The company says the plant will incorporate a range of “Factory 4.0” technologies developed by Safran, which it expects to result in reduced energy and water consumption and increased use of renewable energy. Safran anticipates adding up to 200 new employees at the facility after its completion.
“With this new plant in Feyzin, Safran Landing Systems will consolidate its world leadership in carbon brakes and also address growing demand, driven by sustained growth in air traffic around the world,” said CEO of Safran Landing Jean-Paul Alary. “Our new plant will feature an innovative modular design, allowing it to develop in line with market requirements over the coming decades.”
According to Alary, Safran’s carbon brakes are used on more than 10,000 airplanes flying for 500 airlines worldwide. Safran currently produces carbon brakes at plants in Villeurbanne, France; Walton, Kentucky; and Sendayan, Malaysia. The timeline for completion of the new facility has not been made public.