Safran has opened an engineering office near Airbus's planned US A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.
The French aerospace group says it opened the facility "a few months ago to strengthen its collaboration with Airbus". The office is part of Safran Engineering Services, a subsidiary of the group's electrical wiring division Labinal.
Airbus has contracted Labinal as a supplier for the A350 and A380 programmes.
The move to the USA site follows Airbus's decision in 2011 to relocate the airframer's electrical system engineering team for the A330 and A340 long-haul family from Hamburg, Germany to Mobile.
Israel Perez, director of the new Mobile facility, says that another Safran office, in Mexico, will be able to take over peaks in the engineering workload on Airbus projects at "very competitive cost".
Staff for the Mobile engineering centre have been trained at Labinal's site in Hamburg.