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17.07.2006, Snecma Services
Snecma Morocco Engine Services expands scope of MRO services to include CFM56-7 engines for the Boeing 737NG
Farnborough July 17, 2006
Snecma Morocco Engine Services (SMES), a joint venture of SAFRAN Group company Snecma Services (with 51%) and Royal Air Maroc (49%) has adapted the test cell in its Casablanca facility to handle the CFM56-7 engine. The state-of-the-art test cell, fitted with the latest data acquisition and control systems, started operation on July 1, 2006.
SMES invested over $3.5 million to upgrade this facility, making it the first engine repair shop for Boeing 737 NG (Next Generation) jetliners in Africa and the southern Mediterranean.
The company has trained staff and deployed the tools and logistics resources needed for this new repair capability, paving the way for new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts. More than 4,000 CFM56-7 engines have been delivered to date, offering very promising growth potential.
SMES’s decision to expand into the CFM56-7 MRO market confirms its role as a leader and pioneer in the region. The company has posted steady growth since being founded in 1999, and has tripled its sales in the last three years.
According to Jean-Lin Fournereaux, Chairman and CEO of Snecma Services, “Strengthening our Moroccan subsidiary reflects our global development strategy. This new area of expertise, coupled with the workshop’s strong competitiveness, will considerably bolster our presence in the CFM56-7 market.”
Mohamed Bellatig, Managing Director of Royal Air Maroc’s Aeronautical Production Center and Chairman of the Board of SMES, noted: “Expanding our scope of services is an essential step in ensuring the development and growth of our aircraft repair center. SMES now has the capacity to continue its development, and increase the number of engines repaired in the coming years by more than 50 percent.”
Snecma Services (SAFRAN Group) provides a full range of aero-engine support services to operators worldwide (airlines, armed forces, lessors, VIP transport, etc.) including: engine MRO, parts repair, engineering support (fleet management, remote diagnostics), LRU support, engine maintenance on site (EMOS), technical assistance, tools, technical documentation, test cell calibration, engine leasing, flight test support, customer support, mechanics training and more. Snecma Services operates three sites in France (Montereau, Saint-Quentin and Châtellerault) and has a Belgian subsidiary, Snecma Services Brussels. The company has also created a number of joint ventures with major airlines and manufacturers.
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