Embraer’s new composites facility in Portugal ships first Legacy 500 empennage

The completion and shipment of the Legacy 500's aft section to Embraer's assembly plant in Brazil represents a major milestone the the plane's progress toward first flight.

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Aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced on Nov. 27 that it had completed the first shipset made of composite materials in its Embraer Compósitos factory in Évora, Portugal. The first part, a Legacy 500 empennage, has been shipped to Embraer headquarters in São José 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 Compósitos team,” said Paulo Marchioto, president of Embraer Portugal and a board member of Embraer Compósitos. “With close support from Brazil, the team at Embraer Compósitos has demonstrated great skill, allowing us, in a very short time since inauguration, to deliver such a sophisticated part.”

Reportedly delivered in full compliance with the requirements set by Embraer headquarters, the empennage is made primarily of carbon-fiber composite parts. It was assembled in a semi-automated production line in one of two Embraer plants in Évora. The line's automated functions enable greater efficiency in repetitive operations, such as drilling and riveting of primary structures made from composites.

“This first delivery from Évora is a landmark in Embraer’s globalization strategy and our activities in Europe, reflecting our commitment to call on local expertise to support us in the development and manufacturing of our products,” added Hélio Bambini, vice president, Embraer Industrial Operations.

Embraer announced Évora as the chosen location for Embraer Compósitos in 2008. The new center was completed and inaugurated in September 2012, together with Embraer Metálicas,  also in Évora. The Embraer Metálicas and Embraer Compósitos facilities — 37,100m2 and 31,800m2 (399,342 ft2 and 342,292 ft2), respectively — are expected to reach full production capacity during the second quarter of 2013.

For more information, contact Embraer's press office: Flavia Sekles, E-mail: flavia.sekles@embraer.com.br.

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