Safran Helicopter Engines opened a $54 million, 355,000-sq-ft industrial campus in the city of Tarnos in southwest France on Friday.
The new campus, “CAP 2020,” represents a significant modernization of the existing facility there and will mainly be dedicated to product support and MRO activities, including the hub for Safran Helicopter Engines' global support network.
Its Tarnos campus currently employs 1,550 and is the company’s second-largest facility behind the main plant at Bordes. The new campus is spread over three buildings dedicated to office space to manage global support, a repair shop for in-service engines, and a parts and components repair shop dedicated to the MRO of Safran engines from its worldwide support sites.
CAP 2020 is expected to assist Safran in achieving its previously stated goal of reducing MRO cycles by 30 percent. “This new industrial campus complex enables us to welcome our customers to a modern site and offer them the very highest quality of service. CAP 2020 also provides our teams with a rejuvenated working environment that will help them realize their full potential,” said CEO Franck Saudo. The new campus also is expected to be the hub for Safran’s contract with France’s armed forces and parapublic services that covers 1,600 engines.