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Safran to manufacture Leap components at new Hyderabad facility

Safran will manufacture components for the CFM International Leap engine at a new facility in the Indian city of Hyderabad.

The OEM says it will invest €36 million ($41 million) in the new plant, of which construction will begin in June.

Production of the first parts is to follow by 2020, and the site is set to reach its optimum output level by 2023. By then, it will have capacity to deliver 15,000 parts per annum.

The site will span 13,000 sq m, including 8,000 sq m of workshops, and is located in the Special Economic Zone near Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International airport.

"We're delighted to open a new chapter in our long history with the Indian aerospace industry, thus reasserting Safran's commitment to our 'Make in India' strategy," states Safran chief executive Philippe Petitcolin. "Aerospace continues to be a significant driver of India's growth, and we want to fully support this dynamic by bolstering our investments and training programmes in the country."

Safran says that Leap engines power 54 jets in India.

The decision to build the new Leap manufacturing site follows the 2018 announcement of a separate facility in the vicinity that will produce engine harnesses for the Leap and electrical wiring interconnection systems for the Dassault Rafale fighter. That facility is scheduled to be ready by mid-2019.

CFM International is a 50:50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE Aviation.

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