Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to expand carbon brake production plant in United States

Safran

2016/03/01 | 241 words | AVIATION WORLD NEWS | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) announced today that it is expanding its American aircraft carbon brake production and refurbishment plant, located in Walton, Kentucky.

The planned expansion, worth more than 100 million dollars, aims to increase the Walton plant's production capacity to meet expected airline demand for wheels and carbon brakes. Following the construction phase, from 2016 to 2018, the plant will add about 80 employees.

The expansion will be located on the current Messier-Bugatti-Dowty site, near existing carbon production units, and will be able to share some of the same infrastructures.

"Since being built in 1999 the Walton plant has undergone constant development to keep pace with our sales growth," said Vincent Mascré, Chief Executive Officer of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. "I would especially like to thank the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for their support and their commitment to this project, which will enable us to boost our production capacity and meet our customers' growing needs."

The Walton plant's clientele already includes a large number of North American airlines (Delta, Spirit Airlines, Air Canada, etc.), and its carbon brakes are used on many different commercial and military aircraft. In addition to Walton, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has two other carbon production plants, in Villeurbanne (France) and Sendayan (Malaysia).

Carbon brakes were introduced on commercial aircraft by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in 1986, and are now the benchmark in high-performance braking. Offering energy absorption capacity two to three times greater than steel brakes, and reduced operating costs, carbon brakes deliver proven technological, economic and environmental advantages to airlines.

Aviation and aerospace newsletter

Sign up for free
to the weekly newsletter!

In the same theme:


Safran Helicopter Engines and ZF Aviation Technology strengthen partnership within the European engine market
2020/07/30 | AEROCONTACT | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

Safran Helicopter Engines and  ZF Aviation Technology have signed today a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) strengthening their collaboration to offer a turboprop eng...


Boeing Advances Environmental Leadership
2020/07/30 | AEROCONTACT | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

Boeing today released its 2020 Global Environment report, highlighting how the company is sustainably designing and building products, while conserving resou...


Lockheed Martin Technology Protects NASA's Mars 2020 Mission
2020/07/30 | AEROCONTACT | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

Lockheed Martin developed the technology behind the aeroshell that will protect NASA's newest Mars rover, Perseverance, and deploy the first-ever Mars helicopter. ...

See also:


Airbus aims for hydrogen-powered plane by 2035
2020/09/21 | LE JOURNAL DE L'AVIATION | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

Airbus is aiming to put the world's first hydrogen-powered commercial plane into service by 2035, the European aircraft maker's boss said in remarks published Monday....


2020/09/10 | LE JOURNAL DE L'AVIATION | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

If planes flew in formation like wild geese they might use five to 10 percent less fuel, European aircraft maker Airbus said Wednesday as it signed up to test the ide...


2020/09/09 | LE JOURNAL DE L'AVIATION | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

China's biennial airshow will be held as scheduled in November, organisers insisted late Wednesday, backtracking on an earlier statement that said the coronavirus had ...