UAE factory makes first delivery to Airbus

STRATA delivers carbon fibre panels for A330 and A340 aircraft.
NEWS, Aviation


STRATA, the advanced composites aerostructures manufacturing plant in Al Ain, said on Sunday it has made its first delivery to Airbus.

The factory has shipped its first consignment of advanced carbon fibre composite aileron panels to Airbus for the long-range A330/A340 aircraft, the company said in a statement.

The manufacturing facility in Al Ain is a newcomer in the composite aerostructures business but Ross Bradley, CEO, said it had achieved a lot in a short period of time.

In comments published by the UAE's state news agency WAM, he said: "The delivery which comes on-time, on budget and obviously as per the customer quality requirements is yet another example of how STRATA is beginning to make a name for itself in the industry."

The delivery of these components marks a significant turning point for STRATA as it works towards becoming a Tier 1 supplier to Airbus and will become by mid 2012 the sole supplier of advanced carbon fibre composite aileron panels for its long-range A330/A340 aircraft.

Homaid Al Shemmari, chairman of STRATA and executive director, Mubadala Aerospace, added: "Our partners are critical to supporting our vision of building an integrated knowledge-driven Aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi.

"It is sustainable businesses such as STRATA that are helping to deliver opportunities for skilled UAE nationals, which is at the heart of Mubadala's mission."

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