MAA's 50 meetings with Safran

MAA members have held 50 one-to-one meetings with senior procurement managers from the major French aerospace prime Safran Group at the British Embassy in Paris.

Safran's Group Procurement Director and UKTI-France's leading aerospace expert invited 10 MAA members and 6 senior purchasing managers from across Safran to spend a day sharing information about the French company's future procurement requirements and MAA member capabilities.


MAA members held 50 one-to-one meetings with senior Safran Group procurement managers at a special MAA/Safran day at the British Embassy in Paris.

Safran's Group Procurement Director and UKTI-France's lead aerospace expert invited 10 MAA members and 6 senior purchasing managers from across Safran to spend a day in meetings. Safran explained future procurement requirements and MAA members put forward their capabilities.

This is just some of what the MAA participants had to say:

  • "Better than normal meet-the-buyer events; no time wasting, given opportunity to see each potential customer."
  • "Location and set-up ideal -- the preparation of the day paid off."
  • "A personal thanks to those who did a professional job in organising the best “B2B” event I have attended."
  • "The seniority of some of the SAFRAN contacts was excellent especially as they had worked for SAFRAN for in excess of 30 years in virtually every role. So there was a good appreciation of what our capabilities could deliver to SAFRAN."
  • "Very worthwhile event to make contact with key purchasing decision-makers in SAFRAN." 
  • "It would be unlikely to have been able to arrange contacts with these buyers with a single company approach." 
  • "A good initiative for facilitating personal links and potential business opportunities."

“The MAA is enormously grateful to Alastair Roberts of UKTI in France and all the Safran team for organising such a successful day,” said MAA chief executive Dr Andrew Mair, “we hope we have convinced Safran to boost its purchasing from our world-class supplier base.”

These MAA member companies participated in the day, holding 5 meetings each with their Safran counterparts: Aeromet, Delcam, Gardner Blade, IPI Solutions, MJ Sections, Nasmyth, Paul Fabrications, Preci-Spark, SL Engineering and University of Nottingham Institute for Aerospace Technology.

Safran was represented by: a senior international purchasing manager from Safran Group, a senior global sourcing manager from Snecma, senior Safran purchasing managers for forgings, castings and composites, and two senior purchasing managers from Messier-Bugatti-Dowty.

Safran is the world’s 13th largest aerospace company by turnover and is roughly the same size as Rolls-Royce. Group companies include Snecma (aero engines), Aircelle (engine nacelles) and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (landing gear, wheels and brakes) – making for an excellent fit with the Midlands supply chain, the competencies of which focus around aero engines and mechanical and electronic control systems.

The MAA and UKTI are looking forward to building on the relationships established in Paris with Safran.

MAA Safran meetings in Paris
10 MAA members hold 50 one-to-one meetings with 6 senior Safran procurement managers