Brazil awaiting Chinese authorisation to make Embraer E-190 jets at Harbin factory

1 November 2010

Beijing, China, 1 Nov – The Brazilian government has been waiting “for some time” for a decision by China regarding Embraer’s request to produce the 120-seat E-190 aircraft in China, the Brazilian ambassador to China, Clodoaldo Hugueney, said in Beijing.

“It is important for us to find a common solution for this, because it is a very important product in our economic and commercial relationship. Aircraft are the only high tech product in our exports to China,” Hugueney said.

China is currently developing its own aircraft with the same characteristics and number of passengers.

Meanwhile, Embraer’s deputy chairman for finance and investor relations, Luiz Carlos Aguiar, announced in Sao Paulo that the company will make a decision in December regarding its factory in China.

If China does not agree to have Embraer E-190 aircraft built at the Harbin factory, the facility jointly operated with the Chinese company AVIC will have to close next year when the last orders for the 50-seat ERJ-145 are delivered.

Brazil exported aircraft worth US$241.6 million to China in the first nine months of 2010, just over 1 percent of total exports to China of US$23.19 billion in the same period.

These sales involve E-190 jets built by Embraer in Brazil and exported to Chinese customers.

The Brazilian company aims to produce the Embraer E-190 at its factory in Harbin, in northeast China.

Embraer recently set up a company to provide assistance to its clients, a US$18 million (12.9 million euros) investment based in Beijing. (macauhub)