Invest: Miami speaks to Gary J. Spulak, President
In 2015, Embraer celebrated its 36th year in South Florida. Embraer’s arrival in Florida was our first step toward globalization by establishing our U.S. presence. The U.S. was the most important aviation market at the time, and North America continues to be the strongest global market for Embraer aircraft. We arrived with a vision to become a major player in the global aerospace and are now the highest aggregate value exporter in Brazil, a traditional commodities exporter.
For us, 2015 was filled with milestone achievements, notably a record sales order book value of $22.9 billion and the highest delivery volume of business and commercial aircraft in five years. Last year, Florida was key to the 10th anniversary of our executive jets business, launched in 2005 as a pillar of our diversification strategy. Since 2011, we have produced over 130 executive jets, valued at over $1 billion, in Florida. Most of these jets operate in the U.S., but we have also exported aircraft from Florida to 12 other countries. In 2013, we established a production facility for our defense and security business in Florida, and last year, it achieved its primary goal of delivering the first light-attack aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for Afghanistan.
To sustain global competitiveness, investment in innovation, research and development, new technologies and process enhancements.
Our corporate presence in South Florida is critical to our business development activities across the world. Over the last three decades, we have witnessed Miami’s evolution from a hub of the Americas to a global platform for international business. As more businesses, industries, and aviation companies recognize Miami’s key role in the global market, we will see more customers for commercial and business aircraft in our community.