Embraer's New Portugal Composites Facility Ships First Legacy 500 Empennage

December 03 2012

Embraer has completed the first shipset in composite material in its Embraer Compositos factory in Evora, Portugal. This first part, a Legacy 500 empennage, has been shipped to Embraer headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. "As serial production of the new Legacy 500 aircraft approaches, the completion and shipment of this first empennage from Portugal to Brazil represents a major and important milestone for Embraer and a great achievement by the whole Embraer Compositos team," said Paulo Marchioto, President of Embraer Portugal and Board member at Embraer Compositos. "With close support from Brazil, the team at Embraer Compositos has demonstrated great skill allowing us, in a very short time since inauguration, to deliver such a sophisticated part." In full compliance with the requirements set by Embraer headquarters, the empennage is made mainly of carbon fiber parts. It was assembled in a semi-automatic line in one of two Embraer plants in Evora, allowing for higher efficiency in operations like drilling and riveting of primary structures made in composite. Embraer announced Evora as the chosen location for Embraer Compositos in 2008. The new center was completed and inaugurated in September 2012, together with Embraer Metalicas, also in Evora. With 37,100 and 31,800-square meters respectively, Embraer Metalicas and Embraer Compositos will reach full production capacity during the second quarter of 2013.

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