Brazil is a major aerospace producer, with an established supply chain centred on the national champion Embraer. In 2013 the industry achieved an overall turnover of US$7 billion of which exports from Brazil amounted to US$5.4 billion.
Brazil’s aeronautical sector supplies a wide range of products including airplanes, helicopters, structural segments, engines, aircraft/engines parts, on board systems and equipment, plus air traffic control systems.
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services are provided to civil and military aircraft of all sizes including major checks, structural modifications, engine and components overhaul. Some companies are FAA Approved Repair Stations and EASA Approved Maintenance Organizations (AMO).
The defence segment offers aircraft designed to meet specific mission requirements as well as weapon systems, equipment, non guided and guided weapons, and systems integration.
The space segment offers small satellites, satellite structures, payloads, satellite equipment, ground systems, propulsion, sounding rockets and launchers. It also offers services related to the usage of satellites images, consulting and other specialized services.
Along with many other areas of civil infrastructure Brazil has for many years suffered from chronic underinvestment in its airports. A major investment programme under the PAC regime, is currently enabling the refurbishment and development of existing and new airport infrastructure across the country. From January 2011 to June 2014, R11.3 billion was invested in main Brazilian airports, leading to a substantial increase in capacity – from 215 million passengers per year to 285 million per year.
A key feature of the airport development programme is the awarding of long term build and operate concessions. For example, Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao international airport is currently being refurbished and extended by a consortium comprising engineering firm Odebrecht and Singapore airport operator Changi, which paid 19 billion Reais (8.24 billion dollars) for a 25-year concession.
In addition to increased investments stemming from the concessions of major federal airports, the Brazilian government is pushing to expand regional airports in order to create a better infrastructure for domestic flights in Brazil.
For UK airport infrastructure supply chain partners, a key part of the approach to the Brazilian market is to engage with the concession programme, both with existing operators and with consortia bidding for forthcoming concessions.
The Brazil Business Hub has links with key industry bodies including the British Aviation Group and the Aerospace Industries Association of Brazil (AIAB). We are also linked directly to UKTI’s specialist teams in the UK and Brazil, together with UKTI’s High Value Opportunities team. Our services complement and channel the work of these agencies, enabling us to deliver focused value for individual clients.