Smiths Harlow become first T9 Approved supplier globally to Safran AE on the LEAP programme

From Left to Right in the photo – Thomas Stephane (Director of the IH Centre of Excellence – Safran AE), Ian Knightley (Director – Smiths-Harlow), Graham Hughes (COO – Smiths-Harlow), Emilie Balland (Original Project Pilot – Safran AE), and Vincent Milhit (Supplier Quality Engineer – Safran AE) attended the presentation of the award.


Smiths commenced a new SAFRAN project in 2015. The project consisted of approximately 9off one metre plus – sized Hard Metal Rings. This project is associated to SAFRANS High Production program on LEAP.


During Industrialisation of the project at Smiths, certain milestones had to be achieved.


These milestones were identified from Project start-up to the following milestones. Milestone T3, T5, T6, T7 to T9. Every component had go through specific analysis covering all aspects of manufacture including SPC. Ensuring that every part was totally in conformance with customer requirements.

When Smiths Directors attended the annual (Supplier Performance Meeting on 17th January 2018) they were handed this trophy. This was a great achievement for Smiths, as an award from our customer SAFRAN is our best way of advertising our skills.


To also be made aware that it is the first time in the world that T9 Milestone has been achieved by a subcontractor. This is a remarkable achievement by all employees at Smiths.