The aero-engine business is tough and getting tougher. The ever more exotic materials and manufacturing processes mean that only those with the deepest pockets can sustain. Safran has been struggling with its Silvercrest engine. The delay in the engine is pushing the Dassault 5X EIS to 2020.
The problems seem to have a significant impact, as the Silvercrest does not have the power to work on regional jets. Another engine maker that has been working through challenges is Rolls-Royce. Bloomberg has a good story on these two firms. It is interesting that Safran’s CEO made the first public statement about collaborating with Rolls-Royce on engines for regional jets.
Safran collaborates with Rolls-Royce on the Trent 500, 700, 800, Trent XWB and BR700, 710, 715, 725 and TP400 (A400M). Safran collaborates with GE on the CFM56 and LEAP. It also collaborates with Russia’s NPO Saturn on the PowerJet used on the SSJ. In short, Safran has its fingers in many engine programs.
What is not clear is what exactly Safran offers Rolls-Royce that the latter already does not have access to?
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