Not to be confused with Dowty Rotol.
SAFRAN Landing Systems (Previously Messier-Bugatti-Dowty)
Industry Aerospace, Defence
Founded 2011
Headquarters Vélizy, France
Key people
Vincent Mascré (CEO)
Gilles Bouctot (COO)[1]
Products Aircraft landing gear, wheels and brakes[2]
Revenue €4.943 billion (2015) [3]
€466 million
€423 million
Number of employees
Parent Safran SA

Safran Landing Systems (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) is a company involved in the design, development, manufacture and customer support of all types of aircraft landing gear, wheels and brakes and a wholly owned subsidiary of Safran SA. It is the world's largest manufacturer of aircraft landing gear.[5]

The company projects are divided into two business units: Airbus & European Programs and Boeing & North American Programs.


The origins of the company date back to the formation of a 50/50 joint venture between the France-based Messier and the United Kingdom-based Dowty Group, then owned by TI Group, in 1995. Messier-Dowty was purchased outright by the SNECMA group in 1998. The 2005 merger of SAGEM and SNECMA made Messier-Dowty part of the new Safran company.

In March 2010, Messier-Dowty opened a new undercarriage components factory in Querétaro, Mexico.[6]

In May 2011, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was formed through the merger of three Safran subsidiaries: Messier-Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and Messier Services.[7]

In May 2016, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty became SAFRAN Landing Systems.


Landing gear for the Airbus A400M

Safran Landing Systems has operational sites across the globe. The sites are located in Asia (Singapore, Seremban, Suzhou), Europe (Vélizy, Molsheim, Bidos, Villeurbanne, Gloucester), Canada (Ajax, Montreal), Mexico (Querétaro) and United States (Walton, Seattle). The main headquarters is located in Vélizy, outside Paris. Each site is responsible for certain aspects of landing gear design, manufacture and support.

See also


  1. "CEO & COO". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. "Activities". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  3. (PDF). Safran SA Retrieved 19 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Worldwide presence". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  5. "Safran Messier-Dowty Landing Gear Unit Set to Benefit From Widebody Demand". Bloomberg. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  6. "Mexico eyes aerospace growth as Safran opens plants". Reuters. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  7. "About the merger". Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
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