FARNBOROUGH: Goodrich expands Brazillian MRO facility

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Goodrich Aerospace is moving and expanding its current Brazilian maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in to a location six times its size.

The supplier - which manufactures and repairs parts on each major aircraft type -is planning to turn the 60,000ft2 (18,288) campus capable of supporting multiple product lines, including aerostructures.

Of this space, 40,000ft2 (12,192 m2) will be specifically dedicated to nacelles.

The new location in Altibaia, north of Sao Paolo, will replace the company's current 10,000 ft2 (3,048 m2) aerostructures maintenance shop in San Carlos. Goodrich plans to start delivering repaired nacelles back to customers by September.

Goodrich expects the larger, more modern space to help it take on more work with short turn times, with a goal of returning most components within a turn time of less than 30 days.

Goodrich opened its San Carlos facility 2009 to support a long-term contract it struck in 2007 with TAM for repair on the IAE V2500-A5 engine inlets, fan cowls and thrust reversers, which power the A320.

The company will transfer this work to the new facility and the repair station will also have capabilities for repairing nacelles and thrust reversers on the CFM56-7 engine on the Boeing next-generation 737 and the GE CF34-10E for Embraer 190/195 aircraft.

Goodrich says it will transfer its work for TAM at its new facility to support its fleet. It will also dedicate part of the facility to the testing and repair of actuators.

Paul Farsetta, VP of Goodrich's aerostructures business, says that the company sees a ripe market in the near future to repair nacelle components on single-aisle and regional aircraft in South America. Along with TAM, the company will focus on reaching regional customers such as Azul, which has Embraer 190/195s in its fleet and Gol, which operates Boeing 737-700 and 737-800s.

About 30 employees currently work at the facility, and most of them will transfer to the new location. The new facility will include an autoclave and paint booths to repair composite parts.