Safran Aircraft Engines announced at “India Aero Show” that it would build a new plant in Hyderabad, in South India to make parts for the LEAP turbofan engine from CFM International1.
Safran will invest 36 million euros in this new plant, which will cover 13,000 square meters (140,400 sq ft), including 8,000 square meters (86,400 sq ft) of workshops, in the Special Economic Zone of GMR near the airport. Construction is set to kick off in June 2019, and will aim at delivering the building and producing the first parts in early 2020.
The plant will have about 50 employees by the end of the year to launch operations, and will reach a workforce of 300. All employees will benefit from a complete training program. The plant will be based on Safran’s highest standards for industrial processes and machinery, including real-time monitoring of production parameters, and the latest integrated inspection methods.
When the plant hits cruise speed in 2023, it will be able to deliver 15,000 parts per year to support the LEAP’s sustained production rate. CFM is set to deliver 1,800 engines this year, rising to 2,000 starting in 2020. The new-generation LEAP entered service in 2016 and powers more than 700 Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX commercial airliners, including 54 operated by Indian airlines.
Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets, employs more than 91,000 people