The quiet atmosphere and open spaces of General Electric’s newly opened facility—dedicated to CFM Leap assembly—at Lafayette, Indiana, belie the massive scale of the industrial buildup about to burst forth as engine production accelerates for both the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. Although preparations for this momentous ramp-up have been underway for at least five years, the sheer scale of the production challenge facing CFM joint-venture partners GE and Safran is ...

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