Alcoa, headquartered in New York, has announced a long-term contract with Embraer, a leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 130 seats, valued at approximately $470 million. Under the multiyear agreement, Alcoa will supply aluminum sheet and plate for Embraer’s new E2s, the second generation of its E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, a narrow-body medium-range jet airliner. The Embraer E-Jets E2 were launched at the Paris Airshow in 2013 and are scheduled to enter into service in 2018.
“Our partnership with Embraer is rooted in constant innovation, and this contract is further proof of that strength,” says Mark Vrablec, president of Alcoa’s Aerospace & Automotive Products business. “Our patented alloys enable us to support our customer’s game-changing E2 program, and we’re proud that Alcoa will fly with Embraer.”
Embraer chose Alcoa’s proprietary alloys for the E2 because of their combination of strength, corrosion resistance and fatigue resistance, Alcoa says in a news release announcing the contract.
“Alcoa offers a good combination of technical expertise and industry leading material and capabilities,” says Fernando Queiroz, Embraer vice president, supply chain. “Embraer designed the E-Jets E2 commercial aircraft to be the best in its segment, and to do that we needed the best material in the business, and Alcoa offers the best solution.”
According to Embraer, the market segment that the new E2 program was designed to serve is projected to require 6,350 new aircraft during the next 20 years. In addition, Embraer says it has more than 50 percent market share by orders with the current E-Jet and expects to maintain similar levels with the new E-Jets E2 aircraft.
The long-term agreement makes Alcoa sole supplier to Embraer for proprietary wing skins and fuselage sheet on the E2 line of jets. Other Alcoa plate products, used in key applications such as wing ribs, fuselage frames and other structural parts of the aircraft, also are part of the contract and will be featured on the E2 as well as Embraer’s KC-390 military transport aircraft and executive jets.
Alcoa says it has developed most of the aluminum aerospace alloys to ever take flight and every major new aircraft program incorporates Alcoa’s product innovations. The Alcoa/Embraer partnership draws on the aerospace manufacturing capabilities of Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products business, supplying Embraer from its plants in Davenport, Iowa, and Kitts Green, United Kingdom.
Alcoa products can also be found on the Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines, including the forging for the first ever aluminum fan blade, featured in the E2 aircraft.