Toray Composites wins new
deal to supply Brazilian plane maker
A Brazilian aircraft maker has signed a new agreement with Frederickson-based Toray Composites America for the Japanese-owned company to supply composite materials for its new E175-E2 airliner.
Embraer S.A. will use Toray’s pre-preg composite tape to fabricate parts of its second-generation commuter airliner, the announcement from Toray said Wednesday.
The E175-E2 is an upgraded version of Embraer’s 75-seat E175 with new Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines, an upgraded wing and a slightly larger passenger capacity, 80 passengers in a mixed-class configuration. The E175-E2 is part of a three-member family of second generation airliners Embraer is designing for short-to-medium- range routes. Utah-based regional airline SkyWest, which flies routes for Sea-Tac’s two largest airlines, Alaska and Delta, among others, has ordered 100 E175-E2s from Embraer.
The E175-E2 is scheduled to begin commercial service in 2020.
Toray’s largest U.S. plant is in Frederickson. That plant was initially built to supply Boeing with composite materials for its 777 airliners. Toray also provides composites for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, the first major composite-bodied airliner. The company also will provide composites for Boeing’s upcoming 777-X jetliner. That jetliner will have composite wings.
Toray is expanding its Frederickson plant to produce more composite materials. That 100,000-square-foot addition will house a fifth production line at the plant. When that line begins operations, some 600 workers will be employed at the plant.