Sao Paulo:Full Day Business Visits
Trip Start Jun 01, 2013
11Trip End Jun 12, 2013
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Our business visits took us to São José dos Campos on Tuesday, The town is home to many corporations such as Embraer, Johnson & Johnson, Panasonic, Kodak etc.
We visited Embraer in the morning and J&J Consumer, Medical and Pharmaceutical company in the afternoon.
Embraer is one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers. It is the 3rd largest aircraft manufacturer behind Boeing and Airbus with 6 billion in net revenue. Embraer has three business units: Commercial, Executive and Defense. The company has 18,000 employees, built more than 3000 aircrafts and has been in business for 40 years. Embraer was the first to fly a plane using only sugarcane ethanol instead of gasoline. This tour was the most interesting for me as I didn’t have a clue before how aircrafts were manufactured and I was always curius to find out
Their P3E enterprise project planning for efficiency and excellence is based on people, culture and leadership. Embraer has a strong social sustainability program where they sponsor high school students in underprivileged neighborhoods who meet specific requirements. The company pays for these students to attend better schools and finance their college education. This seems to be a common practice among all Brazilian corporations I have visited so far. It was an excellent tour.
For a while, I was daydreaming being in their Legacy or Phenom luxury jet but that’s an exclusive experience for the rich and the famous.
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Our next stop was the the J&J facility. We were treated to a delicious, Brazillian stye lunch in their cafeteria. We were welcomed by Alex the facility manager and Christiane, the engineer. The class had a very interesting tour of the feminine hygiene production plant. It was a great exposure to industrial automation for production, packaging and boxing of the napkins and panty liners, all made up of non woven cellulose. 2000 cases with 48 units per case are assembled per day through robotics engineering. Yes, the robots have totally replaced humans in this production. We also learned that in Brazil Tylenol is only sold in drug stores and in small units. J&J has an ambitious energy program to reduce both energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Their recycling program recovers value from 6 tons of waste produced each year
Johnson & Johnson Announced that the company has entered into an agreement to become a global sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Johnson & Johnson has a nearly 80 year history in Brazil addressing the
health care needs of the Brazilian people
We had a long ride back to the hotel. That night we opted for a scrumptious sushi dinner at JAM! I think we were developing an aversion to beef.
What I learned from Fernando: Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect born in Rio considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture.
Upon my search I found that he was the one who said "I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean…"