Often seen as a region where no industrial developments are achieved or are part of national policies; it is interesting to look into the current Aviation Projects under development in Latin America to understand the real picture and the full potential of the Regional Aircraft manufacturers and the new joint ventures which are making evolution of the industry possible.
EMBRAER, betting on regional partners
A clear example of how the industry has evolved is the Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica –known worldwide as EMBRAER. The factory was opened in 1969, and since then, their market share has grown considerably; currently being the third biggest aircraft manufacturer worldwide (only behind Boeing and Airbus). Since 1990, Embraer has consistently been placed among the three biggest exporters from Brazil. Currently working on and developing their newest and most ambitious project yet, they have known how to invest not only in Brazil, but also in the industrial capabilities of other partners in the region.
October in Brazil
Known as the KC-390, the new military tactical airlifter designed and assembled by Embraer is a product which not only attracts the attention of the Latin American Air Forces; but different Governments around the world as well, such is the case of Portugal and Czech Republic.
The importance of the project not only resides in the number of airframes required or the interest generated at an international level, but in the Regional industrial integration EMBRAER is promoting by working together for the development of the airframes with the other partner countries. This has been achieved by allowing them to participate in the manufacturing process of several parts and improving in this way the technical knowledge of the factories involved; increasing the international cooperation and sharing the lessons learned during the process.
UNASUR 1, new airs for FAdeA
A less promoted project currently under development by the Consortium Unasur Aero SA –formed by Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador- is the new UNASUR 1.
The new trend and a successful future
This new chapter in the Aircraft Manufacturing Industry in Latin America is showing a clear trend from National factories to team up with their regional counterparts and to enter joint ventures to successfully design, develop and build their products. This approach will not only assure the increasing quality standards required by customer in the region are achieved, but it does represent as well a clear example of how the Latin American Industry is adapting to the new challenges faced at an International level.
Surely enough, this new approach to regional industrial cooperation is representing the new trend to be followed and it will assure with no doubt, a successful future for the current programs under development.