Ducommun wins contract to build composite structures for Embraer

The nose cone and fuselage door for the Legacy 450 and 500 will be made from carbon fiber composites; contract is worth more than $100 million.

Ducommun Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif., USA) announced on June 17 that its Ducommun AeroStructures Inc. (DAS) subsidiary has been awarded a contract for the tailcone and fuselage doors on Embraer’s recently announced Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets. The DAS contract is valued at more than $100 million at currently anticipated build rates. Ducommun officials confirmed that both structures will be manufactured of carbon fiber composites and produced primarily via hand layup. The assemblies will be manufactured at Ducommun’s facilities in Monrovia, Calif., Kansas, and Mexico. Ducommun’s manufacturing teams are working closely with Embraer’s engineering group to develop related tooling and manufacturing processes.

Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets of up to 120 seats, currently producing the ERJ 145 family of regional jets and the EMBRAER 170/190 family of commercial jets — the E-Jets — with around 1,500 aircraft delivered since 1996, worldwide. The company is also one of the main business jet players in the world, with a portfolio of six aircraft, including the new midlight Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500, with ranges of 2,300 and 3,000 nautical miles, respectively.

Joseph C. Berenato, chairman and CEO of Ducommun, stated, “We are pleased to win another contract on the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, which combines our established manufacturing expertise with our growing design engineering capabilities. This contract win reinforces Embraer’s confidence in our broadened skill set including design engineering, higher level assembly and component manufacturing.  Finally, this win aligns with our strategy of enhancing our capabilities in order to become more important to our key customers.”

Ducommun AeroStructures manufactures large, complex structural components and assemblies in aluminum, specialty alloys such as titanium, metal bond and composites for a variety of military and commercial aerospace applications.