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    04.14.2014 | Download as PDF | Snecma (Safran) and Mecachrome sign contract for production of titanium aluminide blades on the LEAP engine

    Sablé-sur-Sarthe – April 14, 2014 Snecma (Safran) and Mecachrome today signed the procurement contract for titanium-aluminide (TiAl) blades on the low-pressure turbine of the CFM International* LEAP engine. The contract was signed at a ceremony attended by Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister for Agriculture, Agrifoods and Forestry, government spokesman and a member of the French parliament representing the Sarthe region. "This contract culminates three years of close collaboration between Snecma and Mecachrome," said Etienne Galan, Vice President for Purchasing at Snecma. "We are very proud of having teamed up to identify a competitive arrangement, based on a participative approach and a commitment to the same objective." Titanium aluminide (TiAl), an alloy of titanium and aluminum, is a new-generation material with outstanding qualities. Standing up to very high temperatures (750°C), it will cut the weight of a blade in half compared with the nickel-based alloys traditionally used in low-pressure turbines. As part of the new LEAP engine, this alloy will be used for the first time in the world on a single-aisle commercial jet. It will contribute to the excellent performance of this new engine, which offers 15% lower fuel consumption than the best engines now in service. Snecma and Mecachrome developed a special manufacturing process for TiAI blades, and even created a complete production facility. Located at Mecachrome’s plant in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, the new production line will require an investment of 60 million euros and create 150 specific jobs. Volume production will kick off in 2015, with a sharp ramp-up already in 2016, on the way to achieving the planned production rate of one blade every three minutes in 2019. "The LEAP engine features state-of-the-art technologies," said Pierre Fabre, Chairman and CEO of Snecma. "It will be produced at the same record production rates as its predecessor, the CFM56, with over 1,700 being made in 2019. To meet this tremendous challenge, Snecma is calling on key suppliers, with whom we want to develop real partnerships. Through the agreement signed today, for instance, we are melding Snecma’s expertise in engine production with Mecachrome’s long experience in mass production and the auto industry." "For Mecachrome, this partnership is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our cross-functional expertise, built up through work for both the aircraft and auto industries," said Arnaud de Ponnat, President of Mecachrome. "Everybody at Mecachrome is delighted with our selection by Snecma to jointly develop this innovative process and then produce TiAl turbine blades for the LEAP engine." * The CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran), France and GE, United States. **** About Snecma (Safran) Snecma is part of Safran, an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56 and the new-generation LEAP*. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. Snecma is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil and military aircraft engines, under the new EngineLife® brand, offering comprehensive support for customers around the world. * CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran), France and GE of the United States. Follow @Snecma on twitter About Mecachrome Mecachrome is a global leader in precision mechanics based in France. For 75 years, Mecachrome has been a leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing and assembling of complex precision-engineered components for aircraft and automotive applications, including aerostructural and aircraft engine components, high-end automobile engine components and motor racing engines, defense and energy sectors. Using its industrial know-how and leading-edge technologies, Mecachrome has established a significant presence and global reputation as a Tier 1 integrator by bringing innovating solutions. Mecachrome is the ideal partner for the completion of major projects, thanks to its operational excellence, innovation capabilities and global expertise.
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    04.14.2014 | Power transmission on board the more electric aircraft

    In partnership with GE and Snecma, Hispano-Suiza (Safran) is developing a system to incorporate an electric generator in a power transmission unit. This new generation equipment is part of the shift to a more electric aircraft.

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    04.14.2014 | Download as PDF | Morpho Joins FIDO Alliance to Help Revolutionize Online Authentication

    Paris, April 14, 2014 Morpho (Safran), a world leader in secure identification solutions, has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium delivering standards for simpler, stronger authentication during online transactions. Members of the alliance commit to sharing technology and collaborating on the development of open specifications that enable FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure, private and easy to use. FIDO addresses the need to develop a viable alternative to passwords. To create a secure online ecosystem, FIDO specifications support a wide range of authentication technologies, platforms and mobile devices. By joining the FIDO alliance, Morpho will bring its expertise in authentication technologies such as biometrics (fingerprint, iris and facial recognition), Near Field Communication, Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and secure elements (SIM cards, smart cards, USB tokens), as well as in innovative mobile devices and secure e-service platforms. As a member, Morpho will offer FIDO-compliant products enabling banks, online service providers and mobile network operators to provide more convenient and secure access to online services. “Morpho will contribute to FIDO’s vision of more secure and convenient online authentication for a broad range of identity and payment applications. We are delighted to welcome Morpho as a Sponsor member and look forward to drawing upon their expertise in biometrics and protecting identity data,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. “As a leader in secure identity management, we are delighted to join the digital industry’s most innovative players in revolutionizing online authentication,” stated Thomas Chenevier, Senior Vice President, Products and Innovation at Morpho. “Joining the FIDO Alliance is a natural move for Morpho at a time when we are expanding our e-service offering.” **** About The FIDO Alliance The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was launched in February 2013 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing standards-based specifications for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services. About Morpho Morpho, a high-technology company of Safran, is a global leader in security solutions. The company employs more than 8,400 people in 40 countries and reported revenues of 1.5 billion euros in 2013. Morpho’s unique expertise lies in providing cutting edge security solutions for government identity, public security, critical infrastructure, transportation and business markets. Morpho is the world leader in multibiometric identification technologies, biometric identity documents, Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) and Explosives Detection Systems (EDS). It is one of the leading suppliers of SIM cards, smart cards, trace detection equipment and gaming terminals. With systems operating in more than 100 countries, Morpho’s solutions simplify and secure the lives of people around the world. For more information: www.morpho.com - www.safran-group.com Follow @MORPHO_NEWS on Twitter
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