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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace, Defence and Security (ongoing divestiture of Security business). Operating worldwide, the Group has 66,500 employees (Security included) and generated sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2016 (excluding Security). Safran holds, alone or in partnership, world or European leadership positions in its markets. Safran undertakes extensive Research & Development programs to keep pace with its fast-evolving markets, including expenditures of 1.7 billion euros in 2016 and two new world-class research centers in the Paris Area.

Innovation strategy

Safran is already exploring different technologies to develop tomorrow’s aircraft. The primary aim is to create quieter, cleaner, more fuel-efficient and more economical engines. Moreover, Safran is calling on the full sum of its expertise to take a major step towards “more electric” aircraft. What this means is that the traditional hydraulic and pneumatic systems will be gradually replaced with electrically-driven systems. The upshot is aircraft with more available power and greater energy efficiency. They will also be more reliable and more economical, because of lower production and maintenance costs.

More generally speaking, Safran deploys cutting-edge expertise to develop innovative materials and manufacturing processes designed to enhance product performance, in terms of strength, weight and environmental impact.