After Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany), and Mobile (Alabama, USA), Tianjin serves as Safran’s fourth nacelle integration location. It symbolizes Safran’s ambition to be as near as possible to its aircraft manufacturer clients in order to support the expansion of the Chinese market and is situated in the Tianjin Free Zone next to Airbus’ A320neo Final Assembly Line.
With a total surface area of 5,000m2 (53,820ft2), the new Tianjin site is intended to consolidate all nacelle integration operations on Airbus A320neo’s CFM International* LEAP-1A engines: assembly of engine equipment (Engine Build Up – EBU) and nacelle components (air inlet, engine cowl, thrust reverser and exhaust nozzle), painting, buy off by Airbus and the airlines, then delivery to Airbus’ FAL and support for on wing integration. The site will employ between 15 and 20 qualified employees and will deliver 90 propulsion system units per year from 2024.
The Tianjin plant is outfitted with a “Flex Line” workshop, allowing operations to be carried out either in a “Pulse Line” mode or as a fixed station according to Airbus‘ demands. This builds on the expertise of Safran Nacelles’ existing integration locations. Therefore, some engines can be directed there without slowing down the output of other propulsion systems in a secondary flow zone intended for FAL support activities.
The chief executive officer of Safran Nacelles, Vincent Caro, said that this new facility “is a showpiece of Safran Nacelles’ know-how in the integration of propulsion systems. In terms of industrial organization and skills, it gains from network of integration sites’ best practices.