08.23.2010 01:00 PM
Harris Opens Broadcast Transmitter Manufacturing Facility in Brazil
CAMPINAS, BRAZIL: Harris Corp. said it opened a new transmitter factory
in Brazil today. The facility will manufacture low- and mid-power UHF TV
transmitter products to support the region’s transition to digital television.
It’s located in an area 80 miles northwest of Sao Paulo, and will produce
Harris Maxiva UAX air-cooled, solid-state transmitters to market in Brazil, the
Mercosur and Latin America.
Harris said the strong growth potential of the Brazilian broadcast market led
it to open a plant there. Brazil adopted ISDB-Tb for digital broadcasting. The
nation’s transition completion target is 2016. Harris said only around 120 of
10,000 TV licensees had gone digital so far.
“With the DTV rollout just beginning to gain momentum, and with the world’s
highest-profile sporting events coming to Brazil in 2014 and 2016, the timing
of this initiative could not be better,” said Harris’s Nahuel Villegas in the
announcement of the facility.
The new Brazil operation will allow Harris to leverage Mercosur trade
agreements and the Basic Productive Process, which provides tax incentives for
products produced in the country. Harris has also registered its Maxiva UAX
transmitters with the Brazilian Development Bank, which will provide financing
for potential buyers.
Harris said the Campinas factory is designed to scale up operations as demand
increases during the approaching 2016 deadline. Low- and medium-powered
transmitters are expected to comprise around 90 percent of demand. The company
has sold 60 transmitters in the region to date.
-- Deborah D. McAdams