Shaping the future
Safran Landing Systems is a company that's always looking to the future. We put a lot of time and energy into the research and development of new products, ensuring that the future generation of landing and braking systems will be lighter, quieter, more cost-efficient and robust.
Safran Landing Systems pioneered the introduction of carbon brakes, a revolution that has reduced weight compared to steel brakes by 50%. On key structural components of landing gear and systems equipment, we're also using lighter composite and titanium materials. And for operators, weight reduction translates into direct fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions.
Greater efficiency and lower operational costs have also been the result of our move to more electric systems. Working alongside Boeing, we've equipped the new 787 Dreamliner with our electric brakes and we are actively contributing to Safran/Honeywell's EGTS™ electric taxiing system, which enables aircraft to move autonomously on airport taxiways, without the need for thrust from the main engines.
Safran Landing Systems is also introducing new technologies to better detect the wear and tear of landing gear systems, allowing for better in-service monitoring of equipment and improved operational availability.
Developing greener products and managing greener operations is central to our long-term company vision. Not only are we reducing greenhouse emissions, but we are also investing in new surface treatments, including the substitution of traditional chrome and cadmium plating with more environmentally responsible processes.
Innovation at Safran
Innovation plays a pivotal role at Safran. Essential to our competitiveness, it enables us to offer top-flight products in each of our business sectors – aerospace, defense, security – while also reducing development time and cost. Innovation also means developing safer, more environmentally-friendly air transport, and making our daily lives safer and easier. To support our strategy, we invest considerable human and financial resources in research & development, as well as building state-of-the-art research centers. Innovation is also a state of mind, expressed through the sharing of expertise, based on a large number of partnerships and a dynamic, successful employee-driven innovation initiative.