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Press releases (12/15/14) Oerlikon awarded long-term agreement in excess of CHF 90 million

Oerlikon’s Surface Solutions Segment has been awarded a ten-year long-term agreement by Snecma worth more than CHF 90 million. The agreement is for the supply of LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion) engine components. This marks a significant milestone in the partnership between Snecma and Oerlikon Metco which has been built over the years.

Oerlikon’s Surface Solutions Segment has been awarded a ten-year long-term agreement by Snecma worth more than CHF 90 million. The agreement is for the supply of LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion) engine components. This marks a significant milestone in the partnership between Snecma and Oerlikon Metco which has been built over the years.

Snecma, part of the international high-technology Safran group, has awarded Oerlikon Metco’s unit Eldim the manufacture of low-pressure turbine components. Developed under the LEAP program, the engine is a new-generation high-bypass turbofan with a primary application to power the next generation of single-aisle commercial aircraft. The LEAP engine has been designed and developed by CFM International – a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma and General Electric. The new LEAP engine incorporates a number of innovative yet proven technologies that meet the challenges faced by aircraft manufacturers and airlines alike. As a result, LEAP engines are the new-generation aviation turbine power plant of choice that provides operators with significant reductions in fuel consumption, noise and emissions.

Three LEAP versions

The LEAP-1A was chosen by Airbus as one of the engines offered on Airbus’ new A320neo aircraft. The new aircraft/power plant combination should enter commercial service in 2016 after engine certification in 2015. The LEAP-1B was selected by Boeing as the exclusive power plant for the 737 MAX. Engine certification is planned in 2016, with entry into service in 2017. The LEAP-1C was selected by Comac of China to power the new C919 single-aisle jetliner. Engine certification is scheduled for 2015.

Oerlikon Metco to empower Snecma’s ambition

Snecma awarded Oerlikon Metco with the manufacturing of low-pressure turbine components due to the competitive bid from a European manufacturing source, combined with Metco’s experience in qualifying parts and ramping up high volume production on an tight schedule. Metco will empower Snecma to bring the LEAP program to the market on time.

"Our customers associate Oerlikon Metco with outstanding experience and reliable delivery of performance-critical products and solutions even in large order volumes. We are pleased that our long-standing customer Snecma chose Oerlikon Surface Solutions as their strong partner for this highly specialized development program, " says Dr. Roland Herb, CEO Oerlikon Surface Solutions.

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