ELEB’s history dates way back to the 1970’s, when Brazil and Italy resolved on a joint program for the development of a new subsonic attack jet, the AMX. According to directives from the Brazilian Government, the program should also contribute with the necessary know-how for the country to locally develop and manufacture landing gear systems and hydraulic equipment for the aeronautical industry. The responsibility for bringing this new technology to Brazil was assigned to Embraer – Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A., which, in its turn, created EDE – Embraer Divisão Equipamentos in 1984.
Years later, in 1999, EDE was established as an independent company organized through a joint venture between Embraer and European-based Liebherr Aerospace SAS. Most of EDE’s assets were transferred to the new company, which was called ELEB – Embraer Liebherr Equipamentos do Brasil S.A.. 60% of ELEB was owned by Embraer and 40% by Liebherr.
In this period ELEB received great investments and started several successful new businesses in the international market, gaining important new customers in the United States, Europe and Asia.
In December 2007 ELEB’s shareholders started negotiations for the acquisition, by Embraer, of Liebherr Aerospace’s 40% share of the company. These negotiations were finally completed in July 2008 when Embraer became ELEB’s sole owner.
To reflect these alterations, the company’s registered name is changing to ELEB Equipamentos LTDA – although company operations are not affected by the change in its ownership.
ELEB is located in an area that covers 24,000 m² in the city of São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, Brazil.