Safran Combines Subsidiaries to Create Inertial Micro-Sensor Business

The company’s ambition is to offer a wider, more coherent, innovative and comprehensive range of inertial technologies for all types of applications in aeronautics, defense, new space, new mobilities and industry By DA Reporter / 05 May 2022
STIM380H-IMU. © Sensonor

Safran Electronics & Defense is grouping two of its subsidiaries, Safran Colibrys (Switzerland) and Sensonor (Norway,) under a single banner to be known as Safran Sensing Technologies. The creation of Safran Sensing Technologies illustrates Safran’s commitment to developing its micro-sensor business through these two companies.

MEMS. © Colibrys
MEMS. © Colibrys

The similarities in expertise, market position, customers and technologies result in a clear process of synergy between these two companies, renowned worldwide for the quality and precision of their accelerometers, gyrometers and MEMS-based Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). 

The ambition is to jointly offer a wider, more coherent, innovative and comprehensive range of inertial technologies (vibrating sensors, optics, MEMS) for all types of applications in aeronautics, defense, new space, new mobilities, industry, etc. This strategy will contribute to preserving the independence and industrial control of these predominantly electronic technologies in Europe.

The two subsidiaries have already delivered more than 20 million MEMS sensors to the aeronautics, defense, space, transport, new mobility, industry sectors. For example, MEMS are found in the control accelerometers of the very first airbags, in the high temperature accelerometers for guiding drill heads or in seismic sensors measuring the structural health of buildings or civil engineering works, and finally in inertial measurement units for civil, military and space vehicles.

This operation is part of a broader Safran Electronics & Defense strategy designed to strengthen the company’s position in the market for resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions.

“In this increasingly competitive market constantly being renewed, our objective is to strengthen the consistency and complementarity of our offer to develop new applications by relying on our extensive expertise in the fields of MEMS and electronics,” said Martin Sion, CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense.

The two entities have been renamed Safran Sensing Technologies Norway AS and Safran Sensing Technologies Switzerland SA, respectively.

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