French precision machining specialist Mecafi has inaugurated its new facility for building guide vanes for the CFM LEAP engine program.
The new 8,700 m2 plant, named Eolia, is located in Châtellerault in France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
Representing a 20 million euro ($21.2 million) investment, Mecafi said it plans to create more than 200 jobs as a result of the supplying CFM with guide vanes, components which direct airflow from the fan in front of the engine.
Olivier Andries, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines, which established the CFM joint venture along with GE, said the program has benefited suppliers in the French aerospace sector, with an estimated 50 projects generated by LEAP sales for new plants or facility extensions.
The LEAP, the successor to the CFM56, is the engine option for the A320neo, 737 MAX and C919 jets.
The first variant of the LEAP--the 1A--entered into service earlier this year, with the -1B and 1-C versions set to follow in 2017 and 2018 respectively.