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AKRON, Ohio, April 17, 2012 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company continues to expand its range of original equipment fitments within the aviation industry.
Brazil-based Embraer Defense and Security has selected Goodyear to equip its KC-390 twin-engine, jet-powered military airlifter and tanker with Goodyear brand military aviation tires.
The KC-390, which is in development, is the largest and heaviest aircraft ever built by Embraer, and will use eight main and two nose tires. It represents Embraer’s entry into this segment of the military transport market.
The platform’s launch customer, the Brazilian Air Force, is scheduled to start taking delivery of the KC-390 when the aircraft enters service at the end of 2015.
Both Goodyear and Embraer have a long tradition of supporting militaries around the world with innovative products, and the KC-390 is the continuation of that legacy, according to Bert Aertssen, general manager, global aviation, Goodyear.
“Embraer is one of the world’s leading aerospace industry manufacturers and we are excited to continue our long-standing supply and service relationship with this outstanding organization,” said Aertssen. “Embraer is a very important customer and we look forward to outfitting the KC-390 with our industry-leading tires.”
“We decided to equip the KC-390 with Goodyear tires for a number of reasons, including our confidence in the products’ overall quality and performance, and Goodyear’s stellar aftermarket support capabilities,” said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, vice president operations and COO, Embraer Defense and Security. “Goodyear has been a trusted, valuable supplier to Embraer for decades, and we are excited to equip another Embraer model with its world-class products.”
About Goodyear Aviation:
Goodyear is a leading supplier of aviation tires for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft. Operating a global business from its Akron, Ohio, headquarters, Goodyear manufactures aviation tires and retreads in the United States, Thailand, Brazil and The Netherlands. For more information about Goodyear aviation tires, retreading and services, visit www.goodyearaviation.com.
Embraer S.A. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after-sales support and services to customers worldwide. On Dec. 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,265 employees (not counting employees of its partially owned subsidiaries) and its firm order backlog totaled $15.4 billion.