Abu Dhabi’s Strata Manufacturing awarded Boeing contract


Strata Manufacturing has been awarded a multi-year contract by Boeing to manufacture vertical fins for the 787 Dreamliner family.  An agreement to this effect was announced at the Farnborough Air Show. Strata is owned by Mubadala Development Company, an investment body of Abu Dhabi government.

The agreement further expands the organisation’s role as a direct supplier of primary aerostructure components to Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs. Under the terms of the agreement, Strata will manufacture the composite vertical fin for the 787 Dreamliner at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, according to a press release issued by the Mubadala and reported by the Emirates News Agency WAM.

 “The announcement is a reflection of the long-standing relationship between Strata and Boeing and is a testament to the trust that one of the world’s largest aerospace companies has placed in its partnership with Strata. The expansion of our relationship with Boeing further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to developing a global aerospace manufacturing hub in Nibras – the Al Ain Aerospace Park,” Badr Al Olama, Chief Executive Officer of Strata, said.

This award is the latest in a series of agreements signed by Boeing and Mubadala since 2009 that advances the mutually beneficial collaboration between the two parties.

 Aerospace composites

“This contract reflects significant commitment and investment by the UAE and Mubadala leaders to expand their aerospace manufacturing capabilities and support their long-term economic vision,” said Ray Conner, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “For nearly a decade, Boeing and Mubadala have worked closely to expand the global supply of aerospace composites and meet Boeing requirements for quality and affordability. We are proud to award this distinguished work package for the Dreamliner to Strata.”

This announcement is also another significant step towards meeting commitments that Boeing and Mubadala made in 2013, including the supply of up to $2.5 billion in advanced composites and aerostructures to Boeing’s commercial programmes.

Strata is already Boeing’s first direct composites supplier in the Arab world and is currently delivering 777 empennage ribs and 787 vertical fin ribs.

Strata Manufacturing also announced at Farnborough Air Show that it had been awarded two contracts to manufacture additional composite components and completed primary assemblies for Airbus. The combined deals, valued at more than US$1 billion, will see Strata become a source for Airbus A320 Horizontal Tail Plane (HTP) and A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF).

Rolls-Royce partnership

Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company have announced further details of a new Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) in Abu Dhabi and confirmed plans for a manufacturing facility that will produce aero engine components.

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