The state becomes a preferred investment destination within all of Latin America
Impressed by the opportunities offered by the growing demand for air transport in Brazil, Dutch aeronautical company Rekkof
is set to build a major plant in Anápolis, Goiás, to develop their new Fokker 100 airliner. Tax incentives and aggressive help from the state’s negotiators helped convince the company to set up its base in this part of Brazil, and the Government was especially proud that Rekkof chose Goiás over other sites in Latin America – and is confident other major international companies will follow suit.
Rekkof’s presence in Anápolis will generate around 2,000 jobs, and its reputation as an aviation pioneer will attract workers from all over Goiás. The company is expected to help train part of the local population, a process which will in turn provide further incentive for international companies to invest in Goiás.
Anton Lith, Director of Rekkof Industrial do Brazil, was fulsome in his praise of Goiás and its potential. “I think this state is developing tremendously, and there are so many opportunities here for businesses that Europe, and maybe the USA, do not have at the moment. You can find opportunities on every street corner here. The Government is really helping a lot.”
Rekkof originally announced its plans to re-launch the Fokker F70NG and F100NG (Next Generation) in 2003, if sufficient orders were received. In March 2010, the Dutch Government granted the company a €20-million loan to help develop the aircraft, and the new F100NG is set to be the greenest airplane in its sector. Notable changes to the NG aircraft include upturned wingtips and a breakthrough engine design.
By setting up in Goiás, Rekkof expects to develop close ties with local institutions and universities, and collaborate with the new aircraft-engineering department currently being developed at the university close to the site where the factory will be built.
Rekkof is also commited to a green environment policy, and will use the most advanced cleaning equipment for the chemical treatment of parts, causing zero pollution.