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UAE's Strata plans factory expansion after Boeing 787 deal

Mubadala-owned company is set to expand its manufacturing facilities in Al Ain to take on the assembly of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner vertical fins

UAE's Strata plans factory expansion after Boeing 787 deal

Strata Manufacturing, the advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing company owned by the Mubadala Investment Company, is set to expand its manufacturing facilities to take on the assembly of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner vertical fins.

The modifications to Strata’s existing facility at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park - known as Strata Plus - follow an agreement signed by the two aircraft manufacturers at the Farnborough Airshow 2016.

Under the agreement, Strata will replicate the capabilities of the Boeing Salt Lake City 787 vertical fin assembly line to sub-assemble vertical fins for the Dreamliner family of airplanes from its Al Ain facility.

"Strata Plus is an important milestone for the company to position it for the next phase of growth, as the technology-based expansion will be dedicated to the assembly of the B787 vertical fin assembly line," said Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata.

"Our relationship with Boeing on the 787 project further solidifies Strata’s position as a direct supplier of primary aerostructure components to the Boeing Commercial Airplanes programmes," he added.

Assembly is scheduled to start in 2020. The assembled part will then be shipped to North Charleston, South Carolina, and installed on 787 fuselages.

"The expansion of their facilities is a significant commitment and investment by the UAE and Strata to advance their aerospace manufacturing capabilities and support their long-term economic vision," said Bernard Dunn, president, Boeing Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.

As part of Strata’s preparations, the company is sending key UAE-based engineers leading the Al Ain manufacturing process to the United States for a training programme at Boeing.

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