EDGE, UAE’s Strata sign deal for Abu Dhabi aerospace industry growth

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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EDGE Group entity, Edge Precision Industries (EPI), the engineering backbone of the UAE’s aerospace and defense industry, and Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala, have signed a framework agreement to boost a sustainable aerospace industry in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement between the two UAE companies, signed on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2021 by Mr. Christian Ziehe, CEO of EPI, and Mr. Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, lays out the terms and conditions that will govern all future cooperation between EPI and Strata for Airbus and Boeing Aircraft Programs.

Strata manufactures advanced composite aerostructures from its facilities at Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park and has earned a reputation as the preferred partner of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers within a decade.

Its efforts have aided the UAE’s international footprint in aerospace manufacturing, with eight percent of the world’s global fleet now bearing the ‘Made with Pride in the UAE’ seal of quality.

Christian Ziehe
Christian Ziehe

“EPI is pleased to collaborate with Strata on this mutually beneficial framework agreement that goes a long way in enhancing indigenous manufacturing capabilities. It comes at a time when the aerospace and defense sectors are re-orienting their priorities in the post-pandemic recovery phase. EPI is already a preferred regional supplier of Airbus aircraft parts, and in September 2020, we expanded our facilities to support manufacturing for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, strengthening our extant partnership.”

EPI makes high-quality complex engineering components for the defense, aerospace, and oil and gas (O&G) sectors, with advanced skills and cutting tools for manufacturing engineering, machining, surface treatment, coating, repairing, and assembling. The company is part of EDGE’s Mission Support cluster, which is one of the top 25 in the world for innovative technology for defense and beyond.

Mr. Ali Abdullah said, “As a home-grown UAE manufacturer with more than a decade of experience in the aerospace manufacturing sector, Strata has established long-standing relationships with both Airbus and Boeing. Through this new partnership with EPI, we will leverage our position as a trusted partner across the global aerospace supply chain, and further cement the ‘Made with Pride in the UAE’ brand.”

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