Labinal

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Labinal is the wiring systems subsidiary of the French aerospace group Safran, involved in wiring production for the aerospace industry.

Labinal has divisions in Europe (mostly France, also Germany and the UK) and North America (U.S. and Mexico), as well as a research division. It produces wiring solutions for the global aerospace industry, including Agusta, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Dassault, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Beechcraft.

History

1921 - Creation of Labinal SA.

1956 - Labinal develops the first 400 Hz constant frequency generator by using the engine thrust

1958 - Merger with Précision Mécanique : Labinal becomes Précision Mécanique Labinal

Sixties - Merger with Société Générale d’Équipements forecasting a strong development of the automotive wiring activities within the Group and the reinforcement of aersopace wiring activities

1963/1966 - Design of the electrical installations of the Fouga, Vautour and Caravelle aircraft - Opening and development of the Villemur aerospace wiring facilities for the Fouga, Atlantic and Corvette aircraft

1980 - Launch of the Airbus A300 wiring activities at the Villemur plant, followed by all the Airbus and ATR aircraft family

1981 - Opening of an aerospace design office in Toulouse

1985 - Supply of the Rafale electrical harnesses

1986 - Opening of subsidiaries in the USA, in Germany and in the UK

1989 - PML selected as Airbus France’s first wiring sole-supplier. PML becomes Labinal.

1991 - Labinal wins contract to manufacture electrical wiring systems on Falcon 2000

1995 - Sole-supplier agreement for the design and manufacture of the wiring electrical system for MD95 (Boeing 717).

1996 - Acquisition of Caso and creation of Comecad (aerospace design office)

1998 - Acquisition of Aerotec in Mexico (wiring production plant)

1999 - First flight of the Boeing 717 : Boeing and Labinal become exclusive partners

2000 - Integration of Labinal into the Snecma group - Sole-supplier contract for Boeing’s aircraft family wing wiring systems

2001 - Opening of MATIS aerospace, Joint-venture with Boeing and Royal Air Maroc - Acquisition of Teuchos and creation of the 3 operational Divisions (Wiring Europe Division, Wiring North America Division, Engineering Services Division)

2002 - Selected by Airbus for the production of 80% of the A380 electrical harnesses

2003 - Acquisition of the electrical wiring manufacture activities of Boeing, Corinth Inc. and opening of Labinal Corinth, Inc.

2004 - Acquisition of Gespac Intégration Usine Novaprim (Morocco), specialized in wiring manufacturing activities for aerospace and transport markets. - Labinal selected by Boeing for the design, certification and production of electrical wiring systems for the Boeing 787 program.

2005 - Creation of the SAFRAN Group from the merger between Snecma and Sagem. Labinal belongs to the Aircraft Equipment Branch of the Group. Teuchos is operationally attached to the SAFRAN Group. - Selection of Labinal by Airbus France for the design, development, industrialization, manufacturing, and testing of key elements of the electrical cabinets for the A400M military transport aircraft. - Selection by Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., for the manufacture, production, installation and customer support of the Falcon 7X completion electrical harnesses.

2006 - Completed expansion of Labinal de Mexico Plant 2 in preparation for the Boeing 787 production start. - Dassault Falcon Jet contract awarded for Falcon F900EX/DX and F2000EX completion programs. - Official inauguration of Labinal Maroc in the presence of HM Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco. - Transfer of Sagem DS Ajaccio Business Activities to Labinal. - Creation of Electrical Harness Manufacturing Software (EHMS), a joint-venture between Labinal and IGE+XAO in France. - Labinal, Inc. opens a satellite facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

2007 - Labinal de Mexico opens wire cut and code support operation at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas. - Grand opening of Labinal de Mexico design office in Chihuahua, Mexico. - Boeing IDS C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) EMD contract awarded to Labinal Corinth. - Labinal celebrates its 10th anniversary with Airbus Deutschland in Hamburg, Germany.

2008 - Grand opening of Labinal new Headquarters in Toulouse, France - Selected by Airbus for the production of 80% of the A380 electrical harnesses - ISO 14001 certification for all its Business Units in France

2009 - Selection by Sikorsky to manufacture electrical harnesses for the UH-60M/MH-60R programm - Selection by Airbus to provide a comprehensive electrical package for the A350 XWB aircraft

2010 - Merger of Teuchos and the Labinal Engineering and Technology Division to create Safran Engineering Services - Labinal acquires Harvard Custom Manufacturing

2011 - Labinal and COMAC to create aircraft wiring joint venture, strengthening partnership on C919

Labinal offers a complete Electrical Wiring Integrated System (EWIS) providing international customer base with turnkey solutions to all of electrical aerospace wiring requirement.

A380 involvement[edit]

Labinal also produces the wiring for the Airbus A380 large passenger aircraft. This project was affected with delivery delays attributed to different factors, including wiring, which led to tensions and mutual assignations of blame between the German and French Airbus subsidiaries.

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