Safran sees Malaysia key prospect for expansion
Published on: Thursday, July 16, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur: Safran, an international high technology group for aerospace, defense and security markets, sees Malaysia as a key prospect for business expansion.Senior Vice President, Special Advisor South East Asia, Jean-Pierre Cojan said aircraft, helicopter engines, high technology defence equipment and biometric identification solutions are among the technologies to be offered to Malaysia.

"This is the reason why we have set up an office in Malaysia. We have a workforce of 150 in the country today and expect between 250 to 300 soon, to develop the business for customers in either the government or private sector," he added. He told this to Malaysian reporters who visited the Safran office in Paris, recently.

The visit was part of the programme for a working trip organised by the French Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Jean-Pierre said Safran had 70,000 employees in nearly 60 countries in Asia, the United States, Europe and Africa, with revenue of 15.4 billion euros last year. "We are heavily focused on Asia and Southeast Asia. This is where the growing economies of the world are, and to succeed in business, we need to be present here.

"Malaysia is a key prospect for us because of the various applications that we have in the country," he added.

He said about 500 CFM56 commercial engines were delivered to Malaysia for Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia.

For the security business, Safran has provided its world recognised expertise in biometry to Malaysia through a local partnership.

"Malaysia is the first country in the world to use biometrics in relation to identity, and we are the global pioneers to develop biometric techniques in relation to identity, finger printing, iris and face recognition.

"We have been in Malaysia for 20 years and it is an ongoing relationship. We will upgrade and introduce more new solutions in the country," he added.

Meanwhile, Safran Turbomeca Global Account Manager, Jerome Sanz said Safran is a major supplier of helicopter engines to the Malaysian Armed Forces and offshore industry.

"We have a contract with the Defence Ministry for the long term servicing of the engines. We also have a joint venture with a Malaysian partner, Global Turbine Asia (GTA), for performing maintenance and overall of the engines," he said.

Safran Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Industrial Vice President, Wheels and Brakes Division, Christophe Joubert said the company's latest venture in Malaysia is the setting up of a third production/refurbishment carbon brakes factory in Sendayan Tech Valley, Negeri Sembilan. – Bernama

It was inaugurated on Jan 15 this year.

Malaysia was chosen as the location of the new Messier-Bugatti-Dowty carbon disk facility, to address the needs of the region, with the existing facilities being in France and the United States. – Bernama



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