Embraer is the latest company to go down the e-business road, with the announcement of its AERO chain online marketplace.

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer will be lead partner in an organisation that includes European turboprop manufacturer ATR, software supplier Oracle and management consultants KPMG.

ATR will take a 10% share, with Oracle and KPMG together taking 6%.

The intention is to make AERO chain available to any company that wants to subscribe.


The eventual aim is to integrate customers' needs with a whole supply-chain catalogue process.

One goal is to use the new company to trade the majority of Embraer spare parts and non-related aircraft goods through it.

Embraer and ATR have invested $21 million in the scheme.

Embraer has had an initial version of the planned site operating for some time, supplying customers with technical information and other services, according to Embraer chief executive Mauricio Botelho. "It has been very successful and we believe it's a differentiator in competitiveness."

The new site, based on an Oracle platform, is planned to be operational in the third quarter of this year and additional functionality will be incorporated into it by the middle of next year.

Source: Flight Daily News