Safran unit inaugurates expanded and re-tooled landing gear factory in Quebec

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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty today inaugurated a Canadian dollar (C$) 58 million ($56.5 million) factory expansion in Mirabel, Quebec to support expanded production of landing gear systems for Airbus and Boeing widebodies.

The factory expansion was launched two years ago as the Safran subsidiary started preparing to ramp up landing gears for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also builds landing gears for A320s and A330s at the factory.

Improved production methods introduced during the factory expansion should help improve quality and "drastically" cut production lead times, says Alain Sauret, chairman and chief executive of Safran.

New equipment in the factory includes two new machining lines, including numerical control machine tools.

The expansion also offered an economic boost for Montreal's aerospace cluster, which is struggling to adapt in an era of globalised supply chains.

Investissement Quebec last year awarded Safran a $7.21 million grant to subsidise the factory expansion. Meanwhile, a Canadian government fund awarded Safran a further, interest free loan for $3 million. Sauret credited such financial support as a critical factor in Safran's decision to expand the factory in Mirabel.