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2 minute read - 22nd February 2024

Safran Seats to make investments at two Welsh sites

Safran Seats GB is making a multi-million pound investment at its sites in Newport and Cwmbran, after Welsh Government funding helped support more than 900 existing jobs and further workforce growth. The firm designs, manufactures and maintains first and business class aircraft seating for the fleets of the world’s biggest international airlines.

With £1.6m of support from the Welsh Government’s Economy Futures Fund, the company is making the investment into its sites in South Wales, primarily in the acquisition of new machining equipment and facility modernisation. The Economy Futures Fund supports businesses to invest, grow and build the Welsh economy.

Safran Seats GB is making a multi-million pound investment at two sites in Newport and Cwmbran / Picture: Adam Wiseman/CAPA Pictures/Safran

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Véronique Bardelmann, CEO of Safran Seats GB, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Welsh Government’s Economy Futures Fund. It will complement our own investment in modernising our equipment and facilities to be more efficient and sustainable in Newport and Cwmbran, so that we are able to deliver the increased demand in first and business class seating production and in-service support.

“We will see a significant increase in manufacturing volume this year, as in-development programmes move into production. This is fantastic news for our workforce that is continuing to grow, and our supply chain partners locally.”

Vaughan Gething, economy minister, added: “Here in Wales, we want to help businesses grow and, in turn, provide better jobs, closer to home. Our mission for a prosperous, greener and fairer Welsh economy rests on stronger regional economies, and Safran Seats GB is a prime example of that; a major employer in South East Wales offering important high quality, high skilled jobs paying attractive salaries.

“Not only does the company have a significant impact on the local area, but also spends around £11m every year on suppliers – many of which are small, independent businesses based in Wales. I’m therefore delighted we’ve been able to support them though our Economy Futures Fund as we work towards an economy built by all of us.”

The Welsh Government has provided Safran with £1.6m of support through its Economy Futures Fund, which supports businesses to invest, grow and build the Welsh economy / Picture: Safran Seats GB

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