Dubai Airshow: EDGE and Strata join forces

EDGE and Strata Manufacturing (Strata) have signed a framework agreement which will further boost the establishment of a sustainable aerospace industry in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement between the two UAE companies, signed by Christian Ziehe, CEO of EPI, and Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, on the side-lines of the Dubai Airshow 2021, sets terms and conditions that will govern all future cooperation between EPI and Strata for Airbus and Boeing Aircraft Programmes.

Ziehe said: “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 defence 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. Given the unprecedented disruptions to local supply chains that look to remain for the medium term, there is today a real opportunity for local manufacturers to step up to the plate and prove their competencies.”

Ismail 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. In fact, in December we celebrated a key milestone of our replication of Boeing’s capabilities in Al Ain, with the shipment of the first Boeing 787 vertical fin completely assembled outside of Boeing’s facilities in the US. 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.”