2017 marks the ninth year of synergy with aeronautics leader
La-Femme (Airbus) – Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata), the advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), has completed delivery of its first set of A350-900 inboard flaps to Airbus.
Airbus selected Strata to manufacture the A350-900 inboard flap in 2015. Located along the trailing edge of the wings, the inboard flaps are positioned next to the airplane’s body, enabling it to secure greater lift during the most critical part of take-off and landing, when the angle of the aircraft is high and the speed is relatively low.
Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, said: “The impending delivery of flight critical and complete assemblies to the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, reinforces Strata’s status as a tier-one supplier to Airbus. Today, we mark nine years of a close relationship between our two organizations – an association driven by shared values and a sustained global demand for commercial airplanes”.
“We are investing in innovative techniques to produce these components, including processes like automatic tape layering and adaptive machine fixtures, in line with global best practice in this industry,” he continued.
Strata-produced inboard flaps will be incorporated into A350s from January 2018 and the UAE-based company expects to ramp up production of these important components in 2018 and 2019.
Franck Martin, Head of Airbus Procurement Aerostructures, remarked, “The delivery of the first shipset of A350 inboard flaps to Airbus is a major milestone in the Airbus and Strata relationship, building on our significant achievements over the last nine years. Airbus is proud to be a premier partner of Strata and the UAE and we look forward to continuing our relationship into the next decade”.
The Airbus A350 XWB is Airbus’ latest long-range, twin-engine wide-body airplane. Its intelligent airframe uses the right material in the right places for weight savings and up to 40 per cent less maintenance. 70 per cent of the airframe is made out of advanced materials including 53 per cent composites. Built primarily from carbon composite materials, the A350 XWB wing combines aerodynamic enhancements, increasing the jetliner’s efficiency at low speeds. The wing cover of the A350 XWB is the biggest single civil aviation part ever made from carbon fiber.
Strata’s current manufacturing portfolio for Airbus includes complete wing movable assemblies for the A330, A350 and A380 product range.
The highlights of the long-standing partnership between Airbus and Strata include:
- A comprehensive co-operation agreement signed between Airbus and Mubadala in 2008 which gave Strata the capability to manufacture complete assemblies for A330, A340 and A380 aircraft
- A supplier contract with Airbus in 2015 that appointed Strata as the single-source supplier of ailerons for Airbus’s A330 aircraft
Abdulla added: “We take great pride in our customer relationships with global aircraft manufacturers, as these synergies demonstrate our commitment to our specialized industry. The confidence international aerospace leaders such as Airbus have shown in our capabilities is testimony to our emerging status as a global leader in advanced composite aerostructures”.
Strata Manufacturing PJSC (STRATA) is a composite aerostructures manufacturing facility based in the heart of Nibras Al Ain Aerospace, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The company was established in 2009, with production beginning in 2010. Strata has partnerships with the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing and Leonardo-Finmeccanica Aero-structures Division as well as a Tier one supplier to FACC AG, SAAB and S.A.B.C.A.
Strata is wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company and is part of the Aerospace, Renewables & ICT platform that aims to advance the development of a leading aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi.
Strata manufactures various parts on Airbus, Boeing and ATR aircrafts:
- Airbus A330 family Flap Track Fairings
- Airbus A330 family Ailerons
- Airbus A330 family Spoilers
- Airbus A350 – 900 family Flap Support Fairings
- Airbus A350 – 1000 family Flap Support Fairings
- Airbus A380 family Flap Track Fairings
- ATR 42/72 Rudder
- ATR 42/72 Vertical Fin
- Boeing B777 Empennage Ribs
- Boeing B787 Vertical Fin Ribs