Bharat Forge, Safran in Aerospace Forging Partnership

Oct. 28, 2014
First contract already placed in long-term agreement, following successful trial production Ti, Ni, and steel alloy forgings Will seek opportunities in India’s civil, military aerospace sectors
Bharat Forge’s aerospace forging products include components for landing gear systems, aircraft engines, and aerostructures.

Safran S.A., the French manufacturer of aircraft engines and related technologies entered into a long-term partnership with Bharat Forge Limited to supply forged and machined commercial-aircraft components to Safran and its affiliates’ operations worldwide. In their joint statement, the partners also indicated their intention “to explore and address other opportunities in the Indian aerospace for civil and military sectors.”

Bharat Forge noted the first purchase order under their partnership had been issued by Safran.

No particular terms of that contract or the partnership agreement were not released, but the announcement emphasized that both partners “consider this award to be a significant milestone to cement a strong and long-term relationship.”

The forger reported that over the past 18 months, Safran and Bharat Forge have worked together successfully on “initial trial production” of titanium, nickel-based and steel alloy aerospace forgings, involving “intensive engineering and manufacturing collaboration.”

“The partnership highlights our unwavering commitment to add tangible value to the vast opportunities offered by the Indian aerospace sector,” observed B.N. Kalyani, Chairman and managing director of Bharat Forge,” and confirms our resolve to strengthening our partnership for supplying forged components to Safran’s global affiliate network.”

Safran’s subsidiaries include Snecma (commercial and military aircraft engines); Turbomeca (helicopter turboshaft engines, jet engines for training and support aircraft, turbine engines for missiles and drones); Herakles (solid rocket motors for launchers and missiles); Messier-Bugatti-Dowdy (landing gear, brakes); Hispano-Suiza (mechanical and hydraulic drive systems, electronic and electrical equipment); and Technofan (engine fan design and manufacturing.)

Bharat Forge describes itself as the world's largest forging company,” with manufacturing in India, China, Germany, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. The group’s aerospace business unit forges components for airframes, structural systems, and aircraft engine parts.

According to Stephane Lauret, CEO, Safran India Private Limited, “This latest development reflects our two companies’ commitment to expanding our collaboration for the benefit of our customers in India and abroad.”