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GKN Aerospace to Expand Support for LEAP Engines

Our Bureau - : Mar 20, 2024 - : 6:11 am

GKN Aerospace has signed a decade-long agreement to expand its support for the LEAP engines, strengthening its long-term partnership with engine-maker Safran.

The contract covers new shafts and spare part production for the Leap 1A variant for the Airbus A320neo, with the expectation to produce similar components for the LEAP 1B for the Boeing 737-MAX in the future.

GKN will start up new shaft production at GKN Aerospace’s global center of excellence in Kongsberg, Norway. The first shafts are expected to be delivered from GKN Norway to Paris in the second half of 2024.

GKN Aerospace and Safran have worked together closely for more than 35 years, with long-term partnerships in place for the CFM56 and GE90 engines, as well as on the next-generation RISE technology development program.

“This is a significant agreement and another important milestone in our partnership with Safran,” said Alexander Andersson, Senior Vice President of GKN Aerospace’s Engines business. “The LEAP is at the forefront of the industry and we are proud to increase our presence on the engine today, while continuing to explore new technology development for the next-generation RISE engine.”

“We are satisfied with our partnership with GKN, which began several decades ago and continues with the manufacture of rotating parts for the LEAP programs,” said Dominique Dupuy, Senior Vice President, Purchasing for Safran Aircraft Engines.

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