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    2014.11.25 | | Morpho launches non-radioactive Trace Detector

    Itemiser 4DX streamlines deployment and operations, enhances explosives detection capabilities Wilmington, Mass., November 25, 2014 - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the launch of its next-generation desktop explosives trace detector (ETD), Itemiser® 4DX. Built on the industry-leading Itemiser® ETD platform, Itemiser 4DX delivers advanced explosives detection and screening capabilities powered by a non-radioactive ITMS® (Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer) source. Optimized for ease-of-use and mobility, Itemiser 4DX eliminates the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements associated with a radiation-emitting trace detection source. “The result of almost 15 years of Itemiser systems in operation, Itemiser 4DX delivers on Morpho’s commitment to provide our customers advanced explosives detection capabilities while streamlining burdensome deployment and operational procedures,” said Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. “Combined with a global service footprint and rapid response capabilities, Morpho offers a comprehensive, unmatched end-to-end solution.” A lightweight, portable desktop system, Itemiser 4DX utilizes a long-lasting battery to enable rapid deployment between locations without powering down. By leveraging long-life consumables and internal calibration, Itemiser 4DX seeks to minimize operational costs for airports and air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and government and critical infrastructure installations. Itemiser 4DX will be on display and available for demonstrations in booth F10 at Transport Security Expo (Transec), December 2-3 in London. About Morpho Detection Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran’s (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection’s solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.
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    2014.11.24 | | French President François Hollande inaugurates new Safran/Albany production plant in eastern France

    Commercy, November 24, 2014 - François Hollande, President of France, Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran, and Joseph G. Morone, President and CEO of Albany International Corp., today inaugurated a new production plant in Commercy, eastern France, within the scope of the industrial partnership between Safran and Albany. Opened in May 2014, the plant makes parts for new-generation aircraft engines using an innovative composite material technology. The first application of this new technology is the production of fan blades and cases for the LEAP aircraft engine from CFM International*, which will power the next generation of single-aisle commercial jets, including the Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737 MAX. The joint production plant has already recruited more than 90 employees, and by 2018, it will have 400 employees on a 10 hectare (25 acre) site, including 27,000 square meters (291,600 sq ft) of floorspace. The LEAP engine incorporates advanced technologies in its aerodynamic design, materials and environmental protection measures. The 3D woven composite parts made by Safran and Albany are very strong and light, which will help reduce the LEAP's fuel consumption by 15% compared with current CFM engines. Chosen to power new-generation single-aisle commercial jets, the LEAP is already very successful, having recorded over 7,800 orders to date, which equals more than five years of production for Safran. "This new plant reflects a deeply anchored and shared vision and mutual trust between industry and government," said Jean-Paul Herteman during the inauguration ceremony. "For manufacturers like us, a new plant is a door into the future. I think that the 400 jobs to be created in this region are definitely a sign of our confidence. It also clearly illustrates our strong commitment to R&D and innovation, with the aim of developing products that offer ever-higher performance, capable of meeting our customers' economic imperatives while also satisfying increasingly stringent environmental requirements." Joseph G. Morone added: "This plant, the concrete symbol of the partnership between Safran and Albany, is the first of its type in the aerospace industry. The manufacturing technology that is being applied here on an industrial scale, and the products designed with this technology, are truly innovative. And this specific capability is the exclusive property of Safran and Albany. So today is more than just the inauguration of a modern new plant. It marks the deployment of a unique technology that will have a considerable impact on the market for many years to come." The two partners also inaugurated a twin plant in Rochester, New Hampshire in the United States, which will produce the same 3D woven composite parts for the LEAP engine. Safran and Albany have invested a total of $200 million in these plants. * CFM International is the 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 66,300 employees and generated sales of 14.7 billion euros in 2013*. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.8 billion Euros in 2013. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index. * Sales in 2013 restated for the impacts of IFRS11 amounted to 14.4 billion euros. Albany International Corp. is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 20 plants in 11 countries, employs 4,100 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN).
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    2014.11.21 | | EGTS International and China Aviation Energy & Emissions Solutions collaborate to advance electric taxiing in China

    CAEES signs MoU with Honeywell and Safran to evaluate EGTSTM deployment for Chinese aviation market Phoenix, Arizona and Paris, France, November 21, 2014 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Aviation Energy & Emission Solutions to evaluate the benefits of the EGTS electric taxiing system for Chinese airlines and airports and its potential deployment in China. EGTS is a technology being developed by Honeywell and Safran under their EGTS International joint venture. It uses the aircraft’s electrical power to drive motors on the main landing gear wheels. This enables the aircraft to push back and taxi autonomously without using its main engines, saving up to four per cent block fuel consumption per flight as well as up to 75 per cent of carbon emissions and up to 50 per cent of NOx emissions. Within the scope of the agreement, China Aviation Energy & Emission Solutions (CAEES) will assist the joint venture in assessing Chinese airports’ on-ground operational practices and associated regulations. The partners will also work together to quantify fuel savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in China, in order to substantiate all potential benefits. As the world’s second largest and fastest-growing aerospace market, China represents an attractive market for EGTS. “Chinese airlines are operating on the ground in quickly-growing aircraft traffic flows leading to significantly higher taxi times,” said Mr. Zhang, CAEES General Manager. “In addition, many Chinese operators experience high levels of aircraft usage, with numerous cycles per aircraft per year. Given this operational profile, CAEES is eager to evaluate the benefits offered by EGTS for Chinese airlines.” According to Safran and Honeywell current estimates, use of EGTS on short-haul fleets in China could result in more than $250,000 savings per aircraft per year. “We are proud to announce this strategic partnership with CAEES, whose breadth of reach will facilitate access to, and discussions with, various aerospace industry players in China, including airlines, airports, lessors and other related government organizations that have a stake in reducing carbon emissions,” said Olivier Savin, vice president EGTS Program, Safran. “The phenomenal and sustained growth of the Chinese aviation industry makes it a privileged market for EGTS and we must ensure, during the development, that our system meets the specific operating requirements in this region of the world”. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s 2013-2017 market forecast, routes within or connected to China will be the single largest driver of passenger traffic growth, representing 24 per cent of the 31 per cent world increase in passenger numbers by 2017. “EGTS is working closely with CAEES so that we can assist the Chinese aviation industry in accommodating 227 million anticipated additional passengers in the coming years,” said Brian Wenig, vice president EGTS Program, Honeywell Aerospace. “EGTS will enable airlines and airports to jointly alleviate traffic congestion issues and reduce environmental emissions.” With the regulatory support of CAAC, the Chinese civil aviation Industry is deeply involved in a program of energy conservation and emission reduction promotion, with a program completion projected by year 2020. About CAEES China Aviation Energy & Emission Solutions (CAEES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), provides professional energy-conservation services for civil aviation industry, including energy conservation consulting, energy auditing, Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). We have registered at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Finance and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), and obtained the ISO9001:2008 certificate. CAEES is responsible for identifying and developing innovative energy and environmental solutions for the Chinese aviation sector. About Safran Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 66,200 employees and generated sales of 14.7 billion euros in 2013. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.8 billion Euros in 2013. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index. About Honeywell Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.

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