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Solvay & Safran join hands to make LEAP aircraft engine
Solvay and Safran have signed an agreement to supply advanced structural composites for the LEAP engine, which is manufactured by CFM International and used on Airbus, Boeing, and Comac single-aisle programmes. Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals firm. Safran is an aircraft engine, rocket engine, aerospace-component, and defence company.
Solvay will supply Safran with a package of composite material technologies to manufacture the engine’s critical structural components, including fan blades, fan case, acoustic panel, and trench filler. Part of these materials will be made in and supplied from Östringen, Germany, where Solvay opened a state-of-the-art resin facility in 2016 largely dedicated to the LEAP programme. Solvay is leveraging next-generation assets and will continue investing to support the LEAP programme.
Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay’s composite materials global business unit said, “Solvay’s composite material technology, expertise and secure supply chain will continue to support Safran in the production of this highly innovative engine in the years to come. The LEAP engine’s design fully leverages the benefits of composite materials to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, noise levels and maintenance costs.”
Safran vice president, materials purchasing, Thierry Viguier said, “Solvay has been a long term trusted supplier of Safran, supplying advanced composite materials on several engine and nacelle programmes. This agreement highlights not only the continuation of the cooperation on the LEAP programme but also the reinforcement of the relationship between the two groups on a larger portfolio.” (GK)