Business expansion
Nord - Pas-De-Calais; Nord;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

135 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
25 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
29 October 2017
Foreseen end date
31 October 2021


Airfoils Advanced Solutions, a joint venture created between Safran Aircraft Engines and AFI KLM E&M, has announced the recruitment of 135 workers over the next 4 years at its new aircraft engine component repair facility in Sars-et-Rosières (Nord), near Valenciennes.

The activity is currently based in Asia and it will be relocated to nothern France near the two main hubs of airlines companies Air France (Roissy-Charles-De--Gaulle) and KLM (Amsterdam). The new company's plant will be completed in early 2018, with operations due to kick off late 2018. By the time the Airfoils Advanced Solutions plant reaches cruise speed in 2020, it will have from 200 to 250 employees. The implementation of the new plant is supported by local authorities that participated in up to 10% of the total investment (Haut-de-France region provided a subsidy of €673,000).

Airfoils Advanced Solutions will repair high-pressure compressor blades and variable stator vanes, focusing on the CFM International CFM56 engines powering the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, GE's GE90 engines powering the Boeing 777, and the Engine Alliance GP7200 for the Airbus A380 super-jumbo.


  • 12 June 2017: Safran (press release)
  • 24 October 2017: La Voix du Nord


Eurofound (2017), Airfoils Advanced Solutions, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 92367, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92367.