Mubadala to Make Carbon-Composite Parts for Boeing

april 23 2012

Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace apprised about a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace's advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In addition, the companies announced a strategic agreement that positions Strata to be a future supplier of the vertical fin for the Dreamliner, a major composite assembly for Boeing's most advanced airplane program.

In Boeing's first direct composites supplier contract in the Arab world, Strata will manufacture empennage ribs for the 777 and vertical fin ribs for the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing has already begun to provide tooling, operational early training and other support for those work packages, and Strata's deliveries of those components are scheduled to begin in 2013. In addition, based on its competitiveness and performance, Strata is positioned to become a future supplier of the 787 vertical fin assembly.

"The UAE is one of Boeing's most important commercial and defense customers, and its leaders have transformed its economy with aerospace investment and development," said Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"This is an important milestone for Strata," said Mubadala Aerospace Executive Director Homaid Al Shemmari. "The signing of this agreement, here at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi is testament to how far Strata has come as a company in the short 18 months it has been operational. Mubadala Aerospace is developing a world-class - and crucially - sustainable aerospace industry in the UAE and Strata is at the heart of this development."

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