Brazil’s Embraer begins building first of two factories in Portugal

3 November 2010

Evora, Portugal, 3 Nov – Construction of the first of two factories for Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer in Evora began on Tuesday at the Portuguese city’s Aeronautic Industrial Park, for an initial investment of 148 million euros.

The work is scheduled to be finished in late 2011 so that the factory can begin producing in 2012. The project is expected to create 600 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs.

Embraer’s plans for Evora were announced in 2008 and envisage the installation of two factories at the industrial park, one specialising in metal structures (wings) and another to produce composite materials (tails). The units will initially focus on logistical support for executive jets.

Embraer – Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica is one of the world’s biggest aerospace companies, with 40 years of experience in planning, manufacturing, commercialisation and post-sales service.

The company has produced nearly 5,000 aircraft to date, which nowadays operate in 88 countries on the five continents. It was Brazil’s top exporter from 1999 to 2001 and ranked second in 2002, 2003 and 2004. (macauhub)