Nowadays, 35% of Brazilian aerospace production chain is concentrated in Minas Gerais. The commercial deficit of the aerospace segment in Brazil is around US$ 2.55 billion. Thus, attracting companies is a must, both to supply the chain and also to comply with offset agreements (the commercial deficit for the defense area is of US$ 165 million).
There are the segment hubs in Minas Gerais: Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Region (International Airport); South Zone of Minas Gerais state (Helibras); and TriânguloMineiro (an area in the west of the state of Minas Gerais).
Investment opportunities: MRO Companies; Aircraft parts and engine production through auxiliary manufacturing; R&D Centers on Avionics - on board softwares.
2014 AEROSPACE TRADE GAP:
US $ 2.55 billion
2014 DEFENSE TRADE GAP: US $ 165 million
Qualified workforce, 21% lower costs
Minas Gerais workforce is, on average, 21% cheaper in comparison to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states.
Minas Gerais capital has the first Latin America Aerotropolis
Located in Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area, Tancredo Neves International Airport is the center of the firstAerotropolis in Latin America which concept, created by John Kasarda, is the structure of a “city”, where companies in connection with the aerospace segment are going to be built around the airport. Due to its strategic location, these companies gain competitive advantages, by virtue of being in the same ecosystem.
Thus, an Industrial Airport structure, also located in “Minas GeraisAerotropolis”, offering lower logistic costs, possibilities of tribute reduction or even exemption, is a compelling advantage for companies who wish to open factories in Brazil, focusing on product exports.
Sole EMBRAER R&D Center out of São Paulo
Currently, 120 engineers are working for the Center. It is expected that, until late 2015, there will be over 200.
In the south of Minas Gerais state, in Itajubá city, is located Helibras - an Airbus Helicopters group company, the sole helicopter plant in Latin America.
In Lagoa Santa city, next to Tancredo Neves International Airport, there are Centro de Treinamento da Força Aérea - CIAAR (Air Force Training Center) and PAMA - Parque de Material Aeronáutico de Lagoa Santa (Lagoa Santa Aeronautical Material Park), which supply manufacturing, inspection, maintenance and repair of a great aircraft fleet of Brazilian Air Force.
Besides, there are about 42 companies in the state serving the aerospace segment, among maintenance centers in general, turbines maintenance, manufacturing of parts, cabling, software and R&D centers.
UFMG – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – offers eleven graduation courses on Engineering, including Aeronautical Engineering. Over the last few years, the graduation courses of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics achieved the highest grade by MEC.
Besides, UFMG has a Centro de EstudosAeronáuticos - CEA (Center of Aeronautical Studies) which gathers and supports all educational researches and activities developed by UFMG Aeronautical Engineering professors and students. Among other courses, the development and operation of aircraft prototypes are included. Currently, there are 5 prototypes fully developed by CEA.
Universidade Federal de Itajubá – UNIFEI – offers a Mechanic-Aeronautics Engineering graduation course (ranked with the highest grade by MEC). On a partnership with Helibras, and ITA- InstitutoTecnológico de Aeronáutica (Aeronautics Technological Institute) the joint purpose is to develop a Technology Center for aircrafts inside campus.