Embraer today signed an agreement to build a production unit in China through a joint venture with Harbin Aircraft Industry and Hafei Aviation Industry – companies controlled by China Aviation Industry (AVIC II).
Embraer’s first industrial initiative outside Brazil will manufacture its ERJ 135/140/145 family of aircraft for the Chinese aviation market. The new company, called Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Company Ltd, will be located in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province.
Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Company will be responsible for the manufacturing, assembly, sales and after-sale support for the ERJ 135/140/145 family aircraft.
The contract covers the production under license of all versions of the ERJ family of regional jets, including the ERJ 135, ERJ 140 and ERJ 145 aircraft, to be marketed primarily in the entire territory of the People’s Republic of China. The delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for December 2003.
The equity investment in the joint venture amounts to $25 million. The new production unit will occupy an area of 24,000 sq. m., employing up to 220 people.