Safran merges three landing-gear divisions

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Safran Group is merging three landing-gear subsidiaries - Messier-Bugatti, Messier-Dowty and Messier Services - to create a single specialist division.

The new division will be known as Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and will be headed by Messier-Bugatti chief Alain Sauret.

It will have four operational units: landing-gear and integrated system design, wheels and brakes, landing-gear systems equipment, and maintenance.

"This merger is a decisive move to consolidate the leading positions in each of our business segments to provide customers with an expanded portfolio of integrated landing systems, associated equipment and services," says Safran executive vice-president Yves Leclere.

"There are key strategic benefits in combining three complementary organizations, technologies and commercial offerings."

Messier-Dowty head Gilles Bouctot will be the chief operating officer for the merged group, which will have its headquarters in Velizy, near Paris.