The municipality of São Bernardo do Campo in São Paulo state has been selected as the location for Saab Aeronáutica Montagens, a factory that will supply parts to the Gripen purchased by the Brazilian Air Force.
The managing director of the facility is Marcelo Lima, an engineer with more than 23 years of experience in implementing and managing manufacturing operations in the automotive, energy and other industries.
“Marcelo Lima is a highly-experienced professional with deep expertise in projects similar to our new plant. He will add local and international knowledge to this project, which is vital to the Gripen programme,” says Mikael Franzén, Head of business unit Gripen Brazil, within business area Aeronautics.
The factory will be responsible for producing aerostructures, such as the tail cone, airbrake, wingbox, front fuselage (for both one- and two-seat versions) and rear fuselage of the Gripen to the Brazilian Air Force. Operations will start after the site infrastructure has been prepared.
“The investment in the new plant is another step in the long-term partnership between Saab and Brazil,” adds Franzén. “The first two years focused on the development of the aircraft and launch of the technology transfer programme. As planned, we are now adding manufacturing in Brazil to ensure continuity of the Gripen programme in the country, create new jobs and support the development of the local defence industry.”
Initially, there will be 55 employees, a number expected to grow in coming years. The recruitment process has already begun. After the selection process, some employees will be trained at Saab’s facilities in Linköping. The training begins in January 2018 and will last up to 24 months. After returning to Brazil, they will be ready to start working at the plant in São Bernardo do Campo.
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