Safran has opened a research centre for ceramic matrix composites in Bordeaux to accelerate development of the material.

The manufacturer says that the Safran Ceramics facility features one-of-a-kind machinery.

All the equipment is interconnected to enable real-time data acquisition, which, Safran says, is “key to accelerating innovation and supporting agile research”.

Some 100 specialists and around 20 doctoral students will work at the site.

“Given its multi-disciplinary team of world-class researchers and state-of-the-art equipment, Safran Ceramics is clearly a strategic centre of expertise for all of our work in this key discipline,” states chief technology officer Stephane Cueille.