Within Brazil, the national small jet fleet grew by 3.6 percent last year, Embraer calculates. Company expectations are that over the current decade, Brazil will add 560 small business jets valued at $9.4 billion.
Embraer Executive Jets, which has a manufacturing plant in Melbourne, Florida, recently celebrated the sale of its 300th Phenom 300. The light jet has been “the most-delivered business jet in the world for the past two years,” the company claims.
Further bolstering aviation expansion in Brazil, the Air Force in April agreed to buy 36 Gripen NG aircraft for $4.6 billion including a turnkey weapon system “with comprehensive logistic support that includes training, spare parts, support, planning and maintenance,” a statement indicates. In addition, Brazil will partner with Saab in Sweden for the development and production or eight two-seater aircraft, that will be delivered between 2019 and 2024.
In mid-2015, Embraer employees will be trained in Sweden on maintenance and development of the Gripen NG. This training technology will then be transferred to Brazil through the development of an Engineering Center to be built at Embraer’s plant in Gavião Peixoto, state of São Paulo, including Saab support of the Gripen aircraft for the Air Force.
Apart from Embraer activity in aviation, AgustaWestland do Brasil is planning to build a new plant at Itapevi, state of Sao Paulo, that would include a helicopter final assembly line; construction of the new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The project is being supported by Investe São Paulo, the state investment promotion agency within the Secretariat of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Drone development in Brazil could also spur coatings demand. An Embraer joint venture with Israeli manufacturer Elbit resulted in the latter’s opening of subsidiary AEL Sistemas in Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul. The state cancelled a contract for drones from the company in December 2014, purportedly for political pressure. Drone use in Brazil still could be spurred by a new government regulation over the use of the products, now limited to state security, which was used during the World Cup in soccer and is expected to be in use for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Within the global thermal spray coating market, estimated to reach $12.3 billion by 2022, corrosion resistant coatings in aerospace will help spearhead demand, according to Grand View Research. Aerospace is now the largest segment for thermal spray, valued at $2.6 billion last year, and increasing global government spending in civil aviation “will propel the thermal spray coating market over the next seven years,” the analysts opine.
Among major suppliers of aviation coatings are AkzoNobel, PPG, Sherwin-Williams, BASF and Henkel, which are also active in the architectural, automotive and other industrial segments of the Brazilian market.