Alabama team meets with Safran about its future in the state

Safran LEAP engine

PARIS, France — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield met today with Safran, a powerhouse in aerospace, defense and security, to talk about its new engineering center in Mobile as well as potential opportunities for an even larger Alabama presence in the future.

France-based Safran celebrated the opening of its new Safran Engineering Services’ Mobile Brookley Aeroplex office on April 8, the same day Airbus broke ground on its first U.S. Final Assembly line also at Brookley. The office is expected to employ 50 highly skilled workers.

During today’s meeting with the Safran, the Alabama team took a tour of Safran’s Paris Air Show display to learn more about the company’s vast array of aerospace technology, specifically technology that supports Airbus planes.

Safran’s display included the LEAP engine, a new-generation turbofan engine designed and built in partnership with GE, that has already been selected for the Airbus A320neo as well as the Boeing 737 MAX. The LEAP engine’s claim to fame is decreased fuel consumption. It also offers a 50 percent decrease in emissions and less noise.

The company was also showing off its landing gear with uplocks designed for the Airbus A350 that is equipped with a supply line so that it does not require greasing and is therefore maintenance free.

Check out the company’s interactive air show map for more on its Paris Air Show display.