Embraer, Alcoa sign technology-sharing agreement

Embraer will use Alcoa's proprietary aluminum alloys, advanced design and manufacturing techniques and its fastener technologies to produce metallic fuselage and wing structures.

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Aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Alcoa (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) have announced a new technology-sharing agreement that will use Alcoa's proprietary aluminum alloys, advanced design and manufacturing techniques, and its fastener technologies, to support Embraer’s development of new high-performance metallic fuselage and wing solutions for its family of aircraft.

In June of this year, Alcoa launched a number of new aerospace solutions including new proprietary alloys and advanced structural technologies intended to reduce the weight, cost and maintenance of new aircraft. Following that launch, Alcoa secured major new supply agreements with airframers.

“Embraer is known for developing high-performance aircraft and we are pleased to have Alcoa join us to work on developing the next phase of solutions that will take performance to an even higher level for our customers,” said Jorge Ramos, vice president, Embraer Technology Development.

“Alcoa’s history of developing aerospace solutions dates more than 100 years to Kitty Hawk,” said Franklin Feder – President, Alcoa Latin America and Caribbean. “We look forward to building upon our latest metallic technology solutions to help Embraer build the best planes possible.”

Embraer S.A. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. A global company founded in 1969, Embraer designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after-sales support and services to customers worldwide.