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Titanium Europe 2016 Conference Selects Safran Executive Viguier As Distinguished Speaker

Thierry Viguier, purchasing director of materials for Safran SA, Paris, will serve as the distinguished speaker for TITANIUM EUROPE 2016, the fourth annual conference and exhibition sponsored by the International Titanium Association (ITA), Northglenn, CO, USA. The gathering will be held at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Conference Center, a platform to provide insights into the European titanium industry and offer a premier networking venue for business executives and consumers of titanium.

Safran is a French multinational designer and manufacturer of aircraft and rocket engines related aerospace components. The Safran Group was created on May 11, 2005, with the merger of Snecma and Sagem SA. Viguier, in the early 1980s, joined the Electronic Division of Snecma. He spent three years in Binghamton, New York, US in developing the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) of the A320 CFM56 Engine with the Partner GE (former GE-ACSD). Relocating to France, Viguier led the business development of Snecma electronics for Western Europe for 10 years. Thanks to lessons learned in business development, Viguier found career opportunities in the company’s procurement division in 2003 and then took successive positions in Hispano-Suiza and Snecma, dealing with different commodities, before relocating to Safran headquarters.

Viguier has worked as the Vice President for Safran Materials Purchases since 2015. He achieved the Safran Executive Program by Duke CE, HEC Paris and AON Hewitt, has a certification in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (Safran), and is certified IPMA Niveau C in project management (AFITEP).

As the distinguished speaker for TITANIUM EUROPE 2016, it’s expected that Viguier will share his expertise to address trends in the global aerospace industry, a key market for titanium mill products. Growth in the aerospace industry along with the higher use of carbon fiber composites, which are compatible with titanium, is likely to increase the demand for titanium. As lightweight materials that provide outstanding corrosion resistance and high-temperature properties, titanium mill products have long been the preferred material of choice for aircraft manufacturers in a range of applications such as structural components and engine parts.

The global titanium mill products industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 3 percent through 2020. Advances in the industrial, oil and gas, healthcare, consumer and aerospace business sectors will continue to create demand opportunities for the titanium mill products. This growth has occurred as the titanium industry’s international supply chain has expanded and become more complex.

Last year the conference was held in Birmingham, England. TITANIUM EUROPE 2016 is designed to suit the needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers, customers and stakeholders. The gathering offers a full spectrum of information on the latest business, technology and market trends and developments in the global titanium industry. It provides an excellent forum for expert discussions, continuing education, networking opportunities and more. The Call for Papers Deadline is February 29, 2016. Jennifer Simpson, executive director of the ITA, also announced pre-registration rates are available for the event in Paris now through the 29th February. ITA staff members are available to answer any questions regarding registration, exhibition and housing or simply visit the ITA Website for more details.

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