Safran Landing Systems

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SAFRAN Landing Systems (Previously Messier-Bugatti-Dowty)
IndustryAerospace, Defence
HeadquartersVélizy, France
Key people
Vincent Mascré (CEO)
Gilles Bouctot (COO)[1]
ProductsAircraft landing gear, wheels and brakes[2]
Revenue€5.415 billion (2017) [3]
€682 million
€668 million
Number of employees
ParentSafran SA

Safran Landing Systems (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) is a French 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.[5]

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. The 2005 merger of SAGEM and SNECMA made Messier-Dowty part of the new Safran company.

In March 2010, Messier-Dowty opened a new undercarriage components factory in Querétaro, Mexico.[6]

In May 2011, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was formed through the merger of three Safran subsidiaries: Messier-Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and Messier Services.[7]

In May 2016, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty became SAFRAN Landing Systems.


Landing gear for the Airbus A400M

Safran Landing Systems has operational sites across the globe. The sites are located in Asia (Singapore, Seremban, Suzhou), Europe (Vélizy, Molsheim, Bidos, Villeurbanne, Gloucester, Feyzin), Canada (Ajax, Montreal), Mexico (Querétaro) and United States (Walton, 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.
  • Molsheim: wheels manufacturing, special processing, assembly equipment and MRO
  • 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.
  • Seremban: Carbon brake manufacturing
  • Suzhou: manufacturing landing gear components of medium size for business and regional jet programs
  • Singapore: procurement and customer support base and MRO for the Asia Pacific region
  • Villeurbanne: Carbon brake manufacturing
  • Walton: Carbon brake and wheel manufacturing
  • Feyzin : Carbon brake manufacturing

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CEO & COO". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Activities". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Full Year 2017 Earnings" (PDF). Safran SA. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Worldwide presence". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Safran Messier-Dowty Landing Gear Unit Set to Benefit From Widebody Demand". Bloomberg. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Mexico eyes aerospace growth as Safran opens plants". Reuters. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  7. ^ "About the merger". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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