France Aerospace Newsletter

This newsletter provides headlines, corporate appointments, key figures and business opportunities in the French aerospace sector. It is meant as a business tool between the UK industry and the aerospace team at the British Embassy in France, with the aim of channelling industry interest in pursuing new opportunities highlighted in the newsletter.

For additional information please contact:

Charly Gordon (charly.gordon@fco.gov.uk) – British Embassy Paris

Catherine Cestari (catherine.cestari@fco.gov.uk) – British Consulate Bordeaux

FRANCE AEROSPACE SECTOR NEWS 

  • AIRBUS & CSERIES CLOSE DEAL

Airbus now owns a 50.01% majority stake in CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership, while Bombardier and Investissement Québec own approximately 34% and 16% respectively. According to Airbus, this brings together two complementary product lines in the 100-150 seat market segment that is projected to represent 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years.

  • AIRBUS OPENS 4th A320 LINE IN HAMBURG

Airbus has inaugurated its fourth A320 production line in Hamburg, Germany. The new facility will play a key role in ramping up Airbus single-aisle production to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019. It features digital technologies and a more flexible manufacturing configuration to reduce production time by as much as 20%. This is the 8th A320 line with four in Hamburg, two in Toulouse, one in Tianjin and one in Mobile, Alabama.

  •  SAFRAN & BELL ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Safran Helicopter Engines and Bell will collaborate on a new hybrid-electric propulsion system designed for urban mobility vertical take-off and landing systems. Bell will lead the design, development and production, and Safran will bring its technical expertise in the development of a new propulsion system. Stéphane Cueille, Safran senior executive vice president, R&T and Innovation said that "thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within Safran, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power solutions for their next generation products that result in improved performance giving more value to our customers".

  • SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS TO TEAM UP WITH ALVANT

Safran Landing Systems has selected Alvant to participate in the £28 million ‘Large Landing Gear of the Future’ ATI-funded R&D project. The project aims to make use of aluminium matrix composites (AMC) to reduce landing gear weight without decreasing capabilities or safety. Alvant’s objective is to design, manufacture and test AMC brake rods, targeting a 30% weight reduction over an equivalent titanium component.

  • LATECOERE PLANS NEW FACILITY IN INDIA

Latecoere is expanding its Interconnection Systems business unit with a new facility in India. The unit, based in Belagavi in southwest India, is part of the company's international development under their Transformation 2020 plan. "The new plant is designed to make the Group more competitive and will help us to support our customers in their development initiatives,” stated Latecoere CEO Yannick Assouad.

  • ATR PREDICTS 80% GROWTH OVER 20 YEARS

ATR predicts in its newly published 2018-2037 market forecast that the number of active 30-90 seat turboprops will grow to 4,060, from 2,260 today. In a briefing in London on 29 June, VP Marketing Zuzana Hrnkova highlighted that the majority of demand (c.80%), will be for aircraft with 60-80 seats, a segment addressed by the ATR 72, while the balance represents an opportunity for the ATR 42. With 740 aircraft, the Asia-Pacific is the region with the greatest predicted demand increase.

FRANCE CORPORATE APPOINTMENTS 

  • STELIA AEROSPACE

Eric Thiebault has recently taken up the role of Chief Procurement Officer at Stelia Aerospace. He previously held several senior procurement positions within Airbus, including VP Procurement Equipment & Systems, VP Procurement Composites & Chemicals and VP Procurement Metallics.

FRANCE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITITES 

  • FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW 2018

The Department for International Trade team in France will be attending the Farnborough Air Show on 16-19 July to engage with French industry and trade associations, and to maximise opportunities for the UK supply chain during the event. Please feel free to reach out to us ahead of the show to identify areas where we can add value to your projects in France. We look forward to seeing you at the Department for International stand (Hall 1, Stand 1205).

  • BORDEAUX MRO SHOW 2018

The team in France is working closely with the Bordeaux Aquitaine Aéronautique & Spatial (BAAS) ahead of the Bordeaux MRO Show (26/27 September) to generate new opportunities for UK attendees. The team will also host a reception with local.

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