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SÅO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil: May 29, 2019. Aerospace manufacturer Embraer and Brazilian electronic equipment company WEG have signed an R&D agreement for the development of electric aircraft engines.

The partnership echoes the recent announcement by Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines to determine efficient aircraft electric propulsion systems.

Embraer WEG“By creating this technological development agreement with WEG, we have combined more than 100 years of innovation from two leading companies in generating knowledge and strengthening the supply chain, as well as increasing Brazilian competitiveness in the global market,” commented Daniel Moczydlower, executive vice president of Engineering and Technology at Embraer. “Advances in scientific research can make clean and renewable energy a major enabler of a new era of urban and regional air mobility that is more accessible to the population.”

The two companies say they want to create innovative technologies that can generate opportunities for developing new market segments as well as enhance Brazil's desire to be a world leader in sustainable technologies.

“Our powertrain technology, developed over years for tried and tested applications in trains, buses, trucks and boats, and in constant evolution, has paved the way for this exciting scientific and technological cooperation project. Together with Embraer we will work not only to enable the electric propulsion of aircraft, but also to increase the technological capacity of WEG, of Embraer and of Brazil, taking our country to an even more competitive level,” added Manfred Peter Johann, Superintendent Director of WEG Automation.

A single-engine aircraft, based on the EMB-203 Ipanema, will be used as a test bed to determine the new technology with a first flight scheduled for next year.

Founded in 1961, WEG is a Brazilian global electric-electronic equipment company providing electric engine automation in several sectors including infrastructure, steel, pulp and paper, oil and gas and mining. With manufacturing units in 12 countries and a presence in over 135, net revenue was US$3.0 billion in 2018.

Pictured left to right: Manfred Peter Johann, Superintendent director of WEG Automation and Daniel Moczydlower, executive vice president of Engineering and Technology at Embraer.

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