June 18, 2019
On June 17, 2019, at the venue of the 53rd Paris Air Show in France, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) , Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition of France agreed to strengthen cooperation in the commercial aircraft industry between Japanese companies and a French company, Safran.
1. Outline of the cooperation between Japan and France in the commercial aircraft industry
METI and the DGCA agreed to the expansion of cooperation between a French-based company, Safran, and the Japanese aircraft industry.
Safran is one of the largest companies in the aircraft industry. It develops and manufactures a broad range of aircraft parts, including engines, landing gear, nacelles, seats, and interior parts.
Both ministries had signed the memorandum on cooperation in the commercial aircraft industry in June 2013, and this agreement was made under the framework of that memorandum.
2. Details of the agreement
METI and Safran will cooperate with each other in the following fields:
- Innovative technologies, such as electrification of aircraft, new propulsion systems, and AI by the relevant industrial circle, academic institutions, and highly advanced research institutes
- Raw materials, aircraft systems and equipment, and manufacturing
- Building of supply chains in Asia including Japan
METI will identify partners on the Japan side, introduce those partners to Safran, and offer support to Japanese companies.
Safran will provide information on the current status and strategic future visions and make efforts to commercialize technologies and build supply chains.
Division in Charge
Aerospace and Defense Industry Division & Aircraft Component and Material Industries Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau