Officials at the International Paris Air Show

Officials at the International Paris Air Show

Sami, French group to set up aerostructures JV

To be located in either Riyadh or Jeddah, the manufacturing plant will be managed and operated by well-trained and qualified Saudi engineers and technicians

July 2019

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (Sami) said it has entered into an agreement with Figeac Aéro, a world-class French aerospace company specialised in the machining of structural, engine, and precision parts in light alloys and hard metals.

The agreement was signed at the International Paris Air Show, the world’s premier and largest event dedicated to the aviation and space industries which took place at Paris Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, Paris, last month.

As per the deal, the two companies will set up a joint venture to establish a metallic aerostructures manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia.

Located in either Riyadh or Jeddah, the manufacturing plant will be managed and operated by well trained and qualified Saudi engineers and technicians.

Activities carried out at the factory will include machining processes such as sheet metal work, surface treatment processes, and sub-assembly work to deliver finished goods to the final customer, said the statement from Sami.

The entity will leverage aerospace qualification and certification to provide parts, including commercial aircraft wing parts made from titanium. In addition, the programme will support Sami’s other aeronautics joint ventures to drive localization in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 directives, it added.

Sami CEO Dr Andreas Schwer said: “We are pleased to collaborate with a company of Figeac Aéro’s reputation, and look forward to working closely with them in the future. This project represents the backbone of the aircraft manufacturing industries, and will further strengthen our homegrown capabilities, in line with the goals outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030.”

As per the deal, the Saudi group will hold the majority of shares in the new entity, which will execute contracts relating to the manufacturing of military and commercial aviation metallic components. The project is set to last for two and a half years.

“By building a solid foundation for indigenous manufacturing, we will be able to generate significant cost savings while ensuring a safer and more secure future for the Kingdom and its people,” he stated.

Figeac Aéro’s Chairman and CEO Jean-Claude Maillard said: “After four years spent investigating the Saudi ecosystem with several potential partners, we are now convinced that our future joint venture partnership with Sami will enable Saudi Arabia to develop its own manufacturing capabilities and build their own aeronautics industry and associated supply-chain.”

“We are very excited about that new industrial journey and all our teams at Figeac Aéro will strive to make it very successful,” he added.


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