Embraer to establish technology centre in Florida

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Company launches engineering and technology centre in Melbourne, Florida

Embraer has announced it will establish the Embraer Engineering and Technology Centre USA as part of its aeronautical cluster in Melbourne, Florida.

It will be a subsidiary of Embraer Aircraft Holdings, Embraer SA’s wholly owned subsidiary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“This is an important extension in the proud partnership that Embraer has enjoyed in the United States almost since our inception,” said Gary Spulak, president of Embraer North America at a press conference at the Hilton Rialto Hotel in Melbourne. “It is further evidence of our confidence in the US market and the strategic role it will play in our future.”

“Embraer’s continued investment in Florida is evidence we are doing the right things to attract job-growing businesses,” said Governor Rick Scott. “My 2012 Job Creation and Economic Development Agenda, which just passed the Legislature, will make Florida even more attractive to companies looking to move or expand in a business-friendly state like ours.”

The Embraer Engineering and Technology Centre will conduct research and development activities for both product and technology development across Embraer’s business lines, with the first assignments primarily focused on executive jet interiors.

Embraer plans to partner with universities and other educational institutions in the US and in Florida to develop programmes of mutual benefit.

It is the second research and development centre established outside its headquarters complex at São José dos Campos, Brazil. The first one is located in Minas Gerais, Brazil was announced last November.

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