January 27, 2015
Inauguration of Safran Tech, Safran’s new Research & Technology Center
On January 27th, Safran’s new Research & Technology Center, Safran Tech, was inaugurated at France’s leading science and technology cluster, in Saclay, near Paris. Safran Tech will eventually house some 300 scientists and engineers dedicated to research on key disciplines for all of Safran’s business sectors. Safran Tech reflects Safran’s corporate strategy of intensifying and pooling its R&T efforts to focus on several major disruptive technologies, in particular more electric aircraft, new aircraft propulsion architectures and new information and communications technologies. Safran has already invested nearly €60m in this venture, and the total will exceed €80m by 2018. Safran Tech will take the Group’s R&T to a new plane by facilitating open innovation. The center’s staff will team up with universities, government organizations, industry partners and innovative startups, working in joint laboratories or platforms to form a top-tier scientific community, characterized by creativity and connectivity, and open to the entire world. Safran Tech is already working with leading national research organizations such as the Université d’Orsay, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Sup’elec, Sup’Optique and ONERA, and will soon house a joint laboratory with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, dedicated to research on sensors and their applications. Another upcoming venture is a joint vehicle robotics laboratory, created by PSA (Peugeot-Citroën), Valeo, the École des mines de Paris engineering school and Safran. Two research centers belonging to the École des Mines ParisTech (Ecole des Mines de Paris) will eventually be located on the site.