TURBOMECA French president Nicolas Sarkozy opened the helicopter engine maker's new plant in Bordes, near Pau in south-west France. The 42,000m² (452,000ft2) factory, named after company founder Joseph Szydlowski, houses 1,300 employees, including 500 in workshops and 800 in offices, mainly in the design department. The plant features designed to simplify workflows to cut production cycles by more than half over the next three years.

Source: Flight International