The French aeronautical company Safran inaugurated its sixth plant in Querétaro, with an investment of 100 million dollars, for the production of blades and engines for Boeing aircraft.
This will generate 230 jobs in the entity, a number that will increase to 600 by 2020 or 2021, shared Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran.
The plan is to reach a production of 4,000 blades this year and increase to 20,000 per year by 2020. As far as Leap engines are concerned, the goal is to make 2,000 a year.
“All products are for Boeing (…). If we want more plants in Querétaro, this is a possibility, but everything will depend on the demand we have, “he stated.
This investment includes 25 million dollars for the expansion of the plant, where the piece OGV will be manufactured, which is installed in the back of the engine of an airplane, said Laurent Remuzon, director of Safran Aerospace Composites Mexico.
“They are pieces that are called OGV, which go behind the engine and this helps the air flow. There will be 31,000 pieces produced per year in 2020. This part of the plant starts operations in December 2018 and next year we will have 15,000 pieces, “said the executive.
In this part of production will work 150 people.
The new plant joins the 19 with which the firm already has in the country, located in Querétaro, Chihuahua and Tijuana, which generates 11,500 jobs nationwide. On February 13, Safran acquired Zodiac Aerospace, a company dedicated to aerospace equipment, which became the third largest company in the world in the aeronautical sector.
On the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Petitcolin said that in the distant future they do not see risks, although they do for the short term.
“Potentially there are risks with NAFTA. Later I will speak with its president Enrique Peña Nieto, to see what the risks are, “he said. “We think long-term and we believe we will be successful in the next 50 years in Mexico.”
In Mexico, the French company operates around 250 engines with companies such as Interjet, Estafeta Carga Aérea, Fuerza Aérea Mexicana, Aerovías de México and Magnicharters.