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Embraer starts construction of its composite facility in Portugal

Embraer has commenced the first phase of its new construction project in Évora, Portugal, a 330,000-square-foot (30,660-square-meter) facility dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. The completion of this unit is scheduled for the end of 2011, while the production phase will start in 2013. Embraer has also selected Portuguese building contractor Ramos Catarino S.A., based in Febres, for the excavation work, foundations and infrastructures.

"We are delighted to start the construction of the first part of our new center of excellence in Portugal," said Luiz Fuchs, President of Embraer Aviation Europe (EAE). "The construction of the second unit, dedicated to the production of metallic airframe structures, will begin, shortly. Meanwhile, we are progressing with the selection of suppliers."

The new manufacturing facility will rely on state-of-the-art processes, in conjunction with the Company's lean manufacturing concepts. In order to sustain and further develop the competencies of its center of excellence in composite materials, Embraer continues its work with local organizations, including potential suppliers, research centers, and universities.

This facility represents an estimated total investment of € 48 million, which is fully integrated with Embraer's long-term planning and budget, and is consistent with the Company's economic and financial projections.

Press release issued by Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. on November 23, 2010


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