Aircelle appoints Vincent Bourguet to head its SLCA composites aerostructures affiliate

Bourguet succeeds Pierre Gerard, who is assigned the responsibility for Aircelle's Boeing programs

Florange, France, February 12, 2015 – Vincent Bourguet has been named the Chief Executive Officer of SLCA, the Aircelle (Safran) affiliate specialized in the design and manufacturing of complex aerostructures – with expertise in composites.


Bourguet comes to SLCA from the Sagem company, where he was head of the Airborne Control Units' Center of Industrial Expertise in manufacturing and supply chain.

Previous positions held by Bourguet during his 26-year career within the Safran group were the President & CEO of Safran Electronics Canada, and the Quality Vice President of Messier-Bugatti. He initiated his professional activities with Messier-Bugatti beginning in 1988, where he was assigned responsibilities in the field of aircraft braking systems.

"Vincent has the experience that will be valuable in further developing SLCA, bringing knowledge that covers management, quality and systems," said Aircelle Chief Executive Officer Martin Sion.

In his new position, Bourguet succeeds former SLCA CEO Pierre Gerard, who has been appointed Vice President of Aircelle, in charge of the company's Boeing programs. "After successfully managing SLCA for the past four years, Pierre will bring his leadership to Aircelle's Boeing activities – starting with our new contract to supply the titanium exhaust system on engines for Boeing's 777X jetliner," Sion added.

The SLCA production facility is located in Florange, France, where the Aircelle affiliate applies innovative technical solutions to create and manufacture complex aerostructure components built with composite materials. Its skills have evolved to encompass new manufacturing techniques such as automatic lay-up, resin transfer molding (RTM) and liquid resin infusion (LRI) technology.

Products of SLCA include wheel fairings, flight deck elements and other components for Airbus jetliners and upper-deck engine cowlings for Airbus Helicopters. Recently, SLCA was awarded a contract to manufacture composite parts for the CFM International LEAP engine.

* CFM International is a joint company 50/50 of Snecma (Safran) and GE.

About Aircelle

Aircelle is the second largest nacelle systems provider worldwide, and the leader globally for nacelles on top-of-the-line business jets. A subsidiary of Safran, it employs 3,800 people at seven sites in France, the United Kingdom and Morocco. Aircelle provides nacelle systems for all the market segments, from regional and business aircraft to the largest airliners. Aircelle also is developing the worldwide customer support and service activity for nacelles and their components.

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