French OEM Safran has opened a new €60m ($68m) research and technology (R&T) centre, named Safran Tech, in Saclay near Paris.
The R&T centre will house around 300 scientists and engineers who will work on several major “disruptive technologies”, including more electric aircraft, new propulsion architectures and IT systems.
Safran Tech will work with universities, government bodies, industry partners and startups to develop new technologies.
The OEM confirms it expects to invest a total of €80m ($90m) in the centre by 2018.
Safran is developing an open rotor turbine under the EU’s Clean Sky technology programme.
Look out for Alex Derber’s article on the scheme in the next issue of ATE&M.