Snecma and Dutch Aero Engine Cluster (DAEC) sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of engine research and technology development

Paris, December 4, 2007.

Snecma, represented by Mr. Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Dutch Aero Engine Cluster (DAEC), represented by René van Doorn, Chairman, signed on December 3, 2007 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a long-term relationship in the field of engine research and technology development.
Attending the signing ceremony was the Policy Advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and representatives of the French Civil Aviation Program Directorate (DPAC).

Under the MOU, Snecma and DAEC identified five fields of particular interest on which specific research will be carried out: variable stator mechanisms for compressor vanes, sealing systems and surface treatment, manufacturing of compressor blisks, manufacturing of casings and shrouds, and electrochemical machining. These five research and technology developments will focus on reduction of weight of engine components and structures as well as reduction of costs.

This MOU set an important step forward in the preparation of the European seventh Framework program for Research and Technology development. It also benefits from the full support of the Dutch ministry of economic affairs and the French ministry for Transport.

Snecma, SAFRAN group, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of aircraft and space engines, with a wide range of propulsion systems on offer. The company designs and builds commercial aircraft engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly, along with military aircraft engines that have always delivered world-class performance. Snecma develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for launch vehicles and satellites.


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