Strata Manufacturing has announced an expansion of its current manufacturing facilities in Al Ain with an added capability for assembling Boeing 787 Dreamliner vertical fins.
Launching under the name of Strata plus, the advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing company wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC will modify its existing facilities at Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park to address the new assembly line.
The latest developments stemmed from an agreement signed by Strata and Boeing during the Farnborough Airshow 2016. The new facility expansion is expected to replicate Boeing’s Salt Lake City 787 vertical fin assembly line.
Commenting on the expansion, Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, shared: “As a home-grown manufacturing company and an active player in the global aerospace industry, Strata’s continued evolution is built on our enduring commitment to provide competitive offering and high-quality components for our international partners.”
He added: “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 for the assembly of the B787 vertical fin assembly line.
“Our relationship with Boeing on the 787 projects further solidifies Strata’s position as a direct supplier of primary aerostructure components to Boeing Commercial Airplanes programmes.”
Set for completion and launch in 2020, the facility will produce assembled parts that will be shipped to North Charleston, South Carolina, and installed on 787 fuselages.
To prepare for the new work on Boeing 787 Dreamliner vertical fin assembly, Strata is set to send UAE-based engineers to the USA to participate in Boeing’s training programme. In addition to learning how to manufacture the critical aircraft parts, the engineers will have the opportunity to learn about the entire production system, which includes electrical system testing, and hydraulic and avionics systems.
Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: “The expansion of their facilities is a significant commitment and investment by U.A.E. and Strata to advance their aerospace manufacturing capabilities and support their long-term economic vision.
“For eight years, Boeing and strata have worked closely to expand the global supply of aerospace composites and meet Boeing requirements for quality and affordability.”
To date, Strata manufacturers Boeing 777 empennage ribs and Boeing 787 vertical fin ribs, as well as composite empennage ribs for Boeing’s new 777X aircraft.