Component maintenance firm Precision Electronics has received certification from Brazil’s civil aviation authority ANAC, opening the door for expansion south of the US border.

Precision Electronics is a unit of US component repair company Aero Maintenance Group and the announcement comes a year and a half after Aero Maintenance said it was seeking ANAC approval in a bid to diversify.

Precision Electronics, which provides regional aircraft component maintenance, says the move follows ANAC certification of Aero Technologies, another Aero Maintenance division which provides repair of components on aircraft including Boeing 767s and Airbus A320s.

“This will allow the entire group to supply the Brazilian market with its full portfolio of service offerings,” Precision Electronics says. “Already having a strong presence in North America, the Aero Maintenance Group’s subsidiary-focused growth today is turned to Latin America, with Brazil being the biggest market in the region.”

Precision Electronics provides maintenance of components used in regional aircraft such as Bombardier CRJ200s, -700s and -900s, Embraer ERJ-135s, ERJ-145s, E175s, E190s, and ATR turboprops. Those components include parts related to hydraulic, avionic, fuel, instrument and electro-mechanical systems.

Aero Maintenance is subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance. The latter did not immediately respond to a request from Flightglobal for more information about its Latin American expansion plans.

The European company began acquiring Aero Maintenance in 2004 in an effort to gain access to the US MRO market. The takeover also gave Aero Maintenance access to AFI KLM E&M's relationships in Latin America, Aero Maintenance chief executive Christian Tallec told Flightglobal in April 2013.

Tallec said at the time that Aero Maintenance had no concrete plans to establish a Latin America repair shop.

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