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SR Technics and Safran collaborates for its second test cell for the GTF, LEAP and CFM56 engines

SR Technics with Safran Test Cells unit of Safran Aero Boosters, starting the construction work for reactivation of its second test cell to expand its test capabilities and capacities at Zurich Airport (Switzerland).

The signing of contracts in 2022 with IAE to become a member of the global MRO network that maintains the new Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine PW1100G-JM “GTF", and the conclusion of the General Support License Agreement for LEAP-1B with CFM International, SR Technics has started increasing its footprint at the engine shop in Zurich, Switzerland.

The so-called “Test Cell 2” will be enlarged to a seven-by-eight- meter cross-section and will receive state-of-the-art data acquisition and instrumentation systems, with a testing capacity for more than 200 engines per year.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, local contractors will partially demolish and rebuild Test Cell 2 over the next few months as planned. Safran Test Cells will simultaneously provide and install all the necessary aero-acoustic elements and systems for testing the respective engines.

Jean-Marc Lenz, Chief Executive Officer at SR Technics states:

“The groundbreaking is the first milestone of the growth path of SR Technics. Our goal is to double our business in the next five years. We are building infrastructure in Zurich, opening new production facilities and increasing our workforce with around 500 people within the next few years to extend our capabilities for the maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the GTF and LEAP engines.” 

Jérôme Morhet, Test Cells Senior Vice President a t Safran Aero Boosters:

“It has been a very productive year working with the SR Technics team. We finalised the design of the test cell equipment and launched their manufacture. We also took a big step forward together by validating our initial theoretical hypothesis: rehabilitating a compact test cell to make it compatible with the new generations of engines. A great experience that has enabled us to consolidate our expertise in the refurbishment of compact test cells using our high-performance aero-acoustic solutions.”


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