E4VALUE: Innovation Dynamics in Aeronautics and Embraer in Évora

Towards a Distributed Platform for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, New Employment and Skills Development 

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 Granger Morgan ERI 2014   
"There is an increasing concern that deindustrialization is hampering growth and undermining the competitiveness of developed economies leading to increases in unemployment and export capacity, becoming a social economic risk. Looking at the specific case of aeronautics, and considering in manufacturing nature and complexity, this ERI will facilitate the development of a research agenda to address the complexity of the issue, putting together the right scientific and industry partners. This project will contribute to sustain industrial strategy and policy developments with impact in Portugal and other areas of the world."
Portuguese PI
Miguel Amaral

Granger Morgan 


Research teams: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IST-IN+); Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESC TEC); Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica (IDMEC)
Organizations: Centro para a Excelência e Inovação na Indústria Automóvel (CEIIA); Embraer Portugal Estruturas em Compósitos, S.A (Embraer Portugal) 
Main Research Unit: Centro de Estudos em Inovação, Tecnologia e Políticas de Desenvolvimento (IN+)
Funding Reference: FCT CMUP-ERI/TPE/0011/2013 
Duration: 48 months
Keywords: Innovation and Industrial Production; Aeronautics Value Chain; Technological Change and Regional Development; Management of Uncertainty


This project assesses technological advances, business configurations and value chains in modern aeronautics, within a context of increasing complexity and uncertainty. Particular focus is put on the Portuguese case, with the ultimate goal of understanding (and contributing to) the creation and evolution of an aeronautics cluster in the country and securing the role of Portuguese firms as centers of excellence in aeronautics. 

At the core of the Portuguese aeronautics cluster is the recent installation of two new Embraer plants in Évora, Portugal. These two plants constitute a singular case: although being fully Embraer, both plants are also considered first tier suppliers of Embraer Brazil. This requires the full integration of their activities within the needs of Embraer Brazil while also keeping a competitive edge with respect to other suppliers in Embraer's supply network. Nowadays, ICT is crucial to addressing supply chains issues between manufacturers and suppliers. ICT systems are essential to anticipating problems and opportunities in the supply chain management, supporting decision-making at five levels:

i) identification, capacitation and qualification of new technology based suppliers (for specialized products and services);

ii) monitoring suppliers performance in order to pro-actively address risky situations or opportunities, such as the increase in production pace;

iii) identification of backup suppliers,

iv) assessing network effects that endanger or synergize the supply chain, and

v) supporting the implementation of advanced methods of manufacturing.

Much of the work of this project focuses on building and managing unique data sets, culled from direct and indirect indicators, and ICT-based platforms among OEMs and suppliers. In addition, the project focuses on the creation, integration and development of new technology and technology-based firms in the value chain of the aeronautics sector that can serve as key economic agents to foster and facilitate technological innovations. The project’s key results and analyses are expected to unveil the necessary technological advances, opportunities for new employment and skills development in the Portuguese aeronautics cluster as well as its impact on regional development; bringing, therefore, a contribution to academics, entrepreneurs and policy-makers.

The 1st Innovation in Aeronautics Roundtables titled "Fostering Global Supply Networks for the Aeronautics Industry in Portugal," took place in January 16th, 2015, at INESC TEC. more 

Articles published: 

Experts Analyze in Porto Critical Issues of Aeronautical Development [Porto Canal Online - January 2015]


The Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program emphasizes advanced education and research that can lead to significant entrepreneurial impact. The activities of the program are for the most part configured in Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs).
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