Safran subsidiary Safran Nacelles has established an MRO Center of Excellence at its Pont-Audemer facility in the Normandy region of France, to strengthen its expertise in and capabilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of complete nacelle systems and nacelle components.
The new Centre of Excellence will be responsible for managing Safran Nacelles' global network of MRO facilities. It will serve as the company's operational reference for repair procedures and MRO industrialization for all of Safran Nacelles' MRO facilities.
Expanding on Safran Nacelles' existing MRO resources at its Pont-Audemer site, the new MRO Centre of Excellence also will oversee the company's MRO-related research and technology activities and will work to advance Safran Nacelles' overall competence in repair methods and engineering.
The MRO Centre of Excellence's expertise will cover complete engine nacelle systems, including complex structural repairs, line replaceable units, engine sub-assemblies, outlet guide vanes and on-site support, according to Safran Nacelles.
“This latest enhancement of our MRO capabilities provides benefits for customers through increased reactivity, greater technical proficiency, improved workflow and even stronger ties to the resources of Safran Nacelles as a world-leading nacelle manufacturer,” says Jean-Paul Alary, the company's CEO.
“It also will improve our responsiveness as a provider of choice for maintenance, repair and overhaul services worldwide,” adds Alary.
Safran Nacelles claims its new MRO Centre of Excellence will offer numerous advantages to customers which use and maintain jet engine nacelles produced by Safran Nacelles. The company manufactures nacelles and nacelle components for a wide variety of aircraft, ranging from business jets and regional airliners to widebody commercial aircraft.
In particular, the new MRO Centre of Excellence will leverage Safran Nacelles' expertise as an original equipment manufacturer in being fully ready and able to support worldwide the complete nacelle system it supplies for the Airbus A320neo family, according to the company.
Jean-Hugues Cousin has been named managing director of Safran Nacelles' MRO Centre of Excellence.
The role also sees Cousin assuming responsibility for leading Safran Nacelles' global MRO network.
Its network of MRO facilities includes the Pont-Audemer facility; Safran Nacelles Services Americas in Indianapolis; and Dubai-based Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES), a joint venture between Safran Nacelles and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
Behind UTC Aerospace Systems, Safran Nacelles is the world's second-largest supplier of aircraft engine nacelles, boasting more than 17,000 nacelle systems in service, which accumulate more than 100,000 flight-hours each day.
Its parent company Safran has three core business segments: aerospace (including subsidiaries manufacturing propulsion systems and various categories of aircraft equipment), defence and security.
Operating worldwide, the Safran Group employs approximately 70,000 people. It generated sales of €17.4 billion (£14.7 billion; US$18.3 billion) in 2015.