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Not to be confused with Dowty Rotol.
Industry Aerospace, Defence
Founded 2011
Headquarters Vélizy, France
Key people
Vincent Mascré (CEO)
Gilles Bouctot (COO)[1]
Products Aircraft landing gear, wheels and brakes[2]
Revenue €738 million (2006)
Number of employees
Approximately 6,800[3]
Parent Safran SA
Website Messier-Bugatti-Dowty official site

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a company involved in the design, development, manufacture and customer support of all types of aircraft landing gear, wheels and brakes and a wholly owned subsidiary of Safran SA. It is the world's largest manufacturer of aircraft landing gear.[4]

The company projects are divided into two business units: Airbus & European Programs and Boeing & North American Programs.


The origins of the company date back to the formation of a 50/50 joint venture between the France-based Messier and the United Kingdom-based Dowty Group, then owned by TI Group, in 1995. Messier-Dowty was purchased outright by the SNECMA group in 1998.

In March 2010, Messier-Dowty opened a new undercarriage components factory in Querétaro, Mexico.[5]

In May 2011, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was formed through the merger of three Safran subsidiaries: Messier-Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and Messier Services.[6]


Landing gear for the Airbus A400M

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has operational sites across the globe. The sites are located in Asia (Singapore, Suzhou), Europe (Vélizy, Bidos, Gloucester), Canada (Ajax, Montreal), Mexico (Querétaro) and United States (Seattle). The main headquarters is located in Vélizy, outside Paris. Each site is responsible for certain aspects of landing gear design, manufacture and support.

  • Bidos: responsible for the production of large components (bogies, main fittings, integral axles) for large commercial, business, commuter aircraft and helicopter gears.
  • Gloucester: Design, research and systems integration together with manufacturing capability. This site is focused on the manufacture of complex major structural components such as main fittings and bogies for large commercial aircraft together with main fittings and large components for military and commuter aircraft platforms. The Gloucester site is also home to one of the largest landing gear test facilities in the western world, capable of the structural and systems testing of large commercial landing gears.
  • Montreal: manufacturing, heat treatment, special processing and assembly equipment
  • Querétaro: manufacturing of major landing gear components for: A320 main landing gear fitting, A330 main landing gear bogie beam and B787 nose landing gear inner cylinder.
  • Ajax, Ontario: design and development of fully integrated landing gear systems. It also focuses on ancillary systems such as steering control, landing gear control and indication, emergency control, brake control, wheels, brakes, tires, door mechanisms and electrical harnesses. This site is the final assembly area where landing gear systems for many aircraft are fully assembled and tested before shipping to the customer. It has test facilities for development and certification.
  • Seattle: engineering and manufacturing site, focusing on the Boeing 787. The office provides Engineering and Program support to the 787 program, while the manufacturing facility final-assembles the 787 Main Landing Gears.
  • Suzhou: manufacturing landing gear components of medium size for business and regional jet programs
  • Singapore: procurement and customer support base for the Asia Pacific region

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CEO & COO". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Activities". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide presence". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Safran Messier-Dowty Landing Gear Unit Set to Benefit From Widebody Demand". Bloomberg. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mexico eyes aerospace growth as Safran opens plants". Reuters. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "About the merger". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

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