Abu Dhabi's Strata extends Boeing deal with parts for 787

Strata Manufacturing has continued to build on a string of deals signed with aerospace companies with a new contract to make parts for the Boeing 787.

The wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi government investment firm Mubadala will build the composite vertical fin at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park.

In 2013, Mubadala agreed to supply up to US$2.5 billion in advanced composites and aerostructures to Boeing’s aircraft manufacturing programmes.

Strata is Boeing’s first direct composite supplier in the Arab world. It is delivering components of the 777 and 787.

“[The announcement] is testament to the trust that one of the world’s largest aerospace companies has placed in its partnership with Strata,” said Badr Al Olama, Strata’s chief executive. “The expansion of our relationship with Boeing further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to develop a global aerospace manufacturing hub in Nibras – the Al Ain Aerospace Park.”

On Wednesday, Strata signed $1bn worth of contracts with European plane maker Airbus to build composite components and completed major assemblies for the company’s small and midsized aircraft. It said it will make the horizontal tail plane for the single-aisle Airbus A320 and inboard flaps for the wide-body Airbus A350-900.

Also on Wednesday Mubadala and Rolls-Royce confirmed plans for a new facility to carry out maintenance on the Trent XWB engine that powers the Airbus A350 XWB.

The agreement for the maintenance centre will be finalised in the second half of this year and construction is expected to begin as early as next year. This, too, will be in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park.

The high-tech manufacturing facility falls under Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision to diversify the capital’s economy away from oil by investing in other sectors, including aerospace.


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