Alcoa technology will be used to support Embraer’s development of metallic fuselage and wing solutions for its aircraft.

Brazil’s Embraer is a manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters.

Alcoa is a supplier of aluminium sheet, plate, extrusions and forgings, and fasteners to Embraer and the aviation industry.

The agreement will help Embraer develop aluminium aircraft using products including aluminium and aluminium lithium alloys; advanced design approaches and structural technologies; and the latest fastener and joining technologies.

In June this year, Alcoa launched aerospace solutions including new alloys and structural technologies that will lower the weight, cost and maintenance of new aircraft, compared to composites. Following that launch, Alcoa secured major supply agreements with airframers.