AVIC is Safran's important industrial partner. The two groups have established a strong relationship since the 1980s and have set up a series of partnership (production under license, subcontract, Joint Ventures, engine co-development, programs and strategic committee).
Production under licence
In the 1980s, Safran started teaming up with AVIC for the production under license of the Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 1 helicopter engine and Safran Electronics & Defense autopilots for the Z9 helicopter. In the 2000s, Safran Helicopter Engines and AVIC extended their relationship through an agreement to produce Arriel 2C and Arriel 2B1A engines under a 50% license contract.
More than 10 AVIC plants produce aircraft equipment and engine parts for Safran.
- Safran Aircraft Engines (Guiyang) Co., Ltd
Founded in 2006, Safran Aircraft Engines (Guiyang) Co., Ltd is a subsidiary of Safran Aircraft Engines and AVIC Guizhou Liyang Aviation Power Cp. Ltd. Located in Guiyang, in the heart of Hi Tech Industry Development zone, the plant covers an area of 10,000 square meters, and employs more than 120 people. It produces low-pressure turbine blades, seals and vanes for the CFM56®* aircraft engines, by lost wax casting process.
- Xi'an SAVI Nacelles Co., Ltd
Officially inaugurated on 2011, Xi'an SAVI Nacelles Co., Ltd is a joint venture between AVIC Aircraft and Safran Nacelles to assemble nacelle components.
(*) CFM56 is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.
In 2008, Safran Helicopter Engines and Dongan (AVIC) signed a 50-50 cooperation agreement for the design, manufacturing, assembly and test of an Ardiden 3 engine variant. This engine was named in China WZ16 for AC352 platform, and Ardiden 3C in France. Its market segmentation is between 6 to 8 tons.
Safran Companies ( Safran Electrical & Power, Safran Electronics & Defense, etc) were selected on AVIC MA700 Program for Starter Generation and also Cockpit Control System. Safran Landing Systems also provides technical assistance to MA700's brake system.
Since November 2010, Safran and AVIC have intensified their relations and have established a general partnership, coordinated by a strategy committee comprising corporate officers from both companies who meet regularly. The original agreement was then implemented in 2011 with the signature of three Memorandums of Understanding (MoU). The first defined the foundations for collaboration on new-generation turboprop and other turbine engines for the Chinese and international markets. The second MoU defined the collaboration between the two companies on avionics for helicopters and airplanes. The third set out the conditions for collaboration on training programs between Safran University and AVIC University. In March 2014, Safran and AVIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning turboprop engines for commercial airplanes, in a ceremony attended by French President François HOLLANDE and the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. In November 2014, they signed the framework agreement on the creation of a joint entity in China to design, test and produce power turbines and flame rubes for the two parent companies. During 2015 Paris Airshow, Safran signed two new cooperation agreements with AVIC, which further reflects the comprehensive strategic partnership between Safran and AVIC.