Representing an estimated total investment of €48 million, the 330 000 ft2 (30 660 m2) composites facility in Portugal is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011. Production will start in 2013.

Évora is situated in Portugal’s Alentejo region, 130 km south of Lisbon. Évora recently created a 9.4 million ft2 (873 290 m2) aerospace industrial park, located near the municipal airfield. Embraer will be the first investor.

“We are delighted to start the construction of the first part of our new centre of excellence in Portugal,” says 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.”

Embraer SA is headquartered in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, and manufactures aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defence segments.