Brazilian Firm Embraer Inaugurates Its First U.S. Factory

By Dialogo
February 24, 2011

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The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has inaugurated its first aircraft final assembly plant in the United States, in which it has invested a total of fifty million dollars, the firm confirmed to AFP on 22 February.

The new installation at Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida (in the southeastern United States), inaugurated on 21 February, will be initially dedicated to producing Phenom 100 four-passenger executive jets, a spokesperson for the firm said.

The inauguration “of the first U.S. industrial site in Melbourne is a landmark for Embraer, as we fulfill our goal of bringing operations closer to our customers and to our largest market,” affirmed Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer’s president and CEO, according to a press release.

The Melbourne unit, which will have around two hundred employees, is also planned to include a customer center where purchasers can determine the interior design of their executive jets thanks to the use of 3D technology.

The first Phenom 100 assembled in the United States should be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Brazilian firm specified.

In 2010, Embraer delivered a total of one hundred Phenom 100 planes, making it the most-delivered executive jet in the world that year, the firm announced.

With two hundred planes in the Phenom family (Phenom 100 and Phenom 300) already delivered, the firm has a portfolio of five hundred orders for these planes from forty-four countries, to be manufactured on the model’s two production lines, in Brazil and now in the United States.

The U.S. installation is Embraer’s second factory outside Brazil, since it has a center in China where the ERJ 145 model is built.

Embraer is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of commercial airplanes, after the giants Boeing (United States) and Airbus (European Union), and delivered 246 planes in 2010, a record. The firm’s models also cater to the defense sector.





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