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Company nameSafran S.A.
Company typeSociété Anonyme
IndustryDefence, aerospace
HeadquartersParis, France
Key peopleJean-Paul Herteman (CEO), Francis Mer (Chairman)
ProductsAircraft engines and equipment, defence electronics, biometric technologies, smart cards, identity management
Revenue-11.23 billion (2010)
Operating income-938 million (2010)
Net income-207 million (2010)
Total assets-18.51 billion (end 2010)
Total equity-4.705 billion (end 2010)
Employees53,410 (average, 2010)

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Safran is a French conglomerate involved in defense, aerospace propulsion and equipment, and security. It is the result of a merger between the propulsion and aerospace equipment group SNECMA and the defense conglomerate SAGEM. Its headquarters are located in Paris.

The name Safran, literally meaning "rudder blade", was chosen from 4,250 suggestions. As a holding company for many subsidiaries the name was deemed suitable for the suggestion of direction, movement and strategy. Safran also translates as saffron, which the company highlights as one of the catalysts for early international trade.

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