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Safran Composites has inaugurated a new composite materials research centre at the company’s Le Brouchet site in Itteville, France.
Safran states the dedicated new research centre will enable the company to continue to expand the scope of application and performance of composite materials.
The company explains by combining light weight with high strength and temperature resistance, advanced composites will help meet the pressing challenge of producing aircraft with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
According to Safran Composites, organic matrix composites are becoming more strategic than ever for Safran with the development of the new LEAP engine, successor to the best-selling CFM56. Featuring fan blades and cases made using a proprietary 3D woven composite process, the company claims LEAP engines will power new-generation single-aisle commercial jets from both Airbus and Boeing starting in 2016.
Jean- Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO, Safran Composites states “Safran Composites is the tangible result of an industrial strategy anchored in technological innovation, and reflects our strong position within the French business and science communities. By integrating our skills and expertise, we will bolster our technological and competitive leadership in the global marketplace.”
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