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May 2008 edition

Factory series: Embraer finds plenty of room for development as sound ideas lift production

This month Airframer reviews Embraer's fine-tuning of its modern assembly line approach and the ramp up in production that is being coordinated with new orders from the "sweet spots" in the global aircraft marketplace.

Embraer has at least three big advantages when it comes to aircraft assembly and manufacture - space, motivated workers and the benefits of a coordinated 'clean sheet' development plan that is possible because of its comparatively recent foray into manufacture.

Space for expansion is freely available. So, unlike some airframers in long- established European urban centres, whose expansion can be restricted, Embraer can evaluate and earmark preferred sites that lend themselves to development. Embraer also has local pools of labour that it can train up and dip into as needed. And it has the advantage of being a comparative newcomer to the airframer market. There is little, if any, inherited "baggage" associated with Embraer's relatively recent manufacturing history that could clutter up its chosen future aviation business development journey. Embraer has been able to make a fresh, modern analysis of requirements. It has had the pick of best established practice and added elements of ingenuity whose feasibility has been confirmed by intensive research and hard work. It has then grown to become a go-getting manufacturer with assets and facilities designed to marry the best modern efficient practice with a sales and marketing policy of targeting the "sweet sp....

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