Safran: announces its 11th plant. Safran: 11th plant.

French aerospace firm announces 11th plant

The $74-million factory will produce propeller blades for commercial aircraft

A subsidiary of the French aerospace company Safran officially opened a new plant yesterday in Querétaro and promptly announced the construction of another.

SAMES, or Snecma America Engine Services, inaugurated its fifth plant in the state and its 10th in Mexico after an investment of US $40 million. Called SAMES Rep, it will be dedicated to repairing parts for the CFM56 engine, which is used on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

SAMES Rep will employ 75 people to begin with and more than 150 when it reaches maximum production in 2021.

The factory announced yesterday, also to be built in Querétaro and at a cost of $74 million, will produce propeller blades.

Safran is the largest investor in Mexico’s aerospace industry and its largest employer, with nearly 6,000 employees. It has operated here for 20 years.

ProMéxico director Francisco González said at the ceremony yesterday that the industry has grown from producing nothing at the turn of the century to exporting $6.3 billion in products in 2014.

From six companies in 2005 it has grown to 300, employing 40,000 people.

Source: Noticias MVS (sp)

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