Composites and manufacturing centre to be developed in Riyadh

SAMI Composites has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to develop a Composites Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Riyadh.

Walid Abukhaled, CEO of SAMI Group, and Ray Piselli, Vice President of International Business at Lockheed Martin, in the presence of Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Governor of GAMI.

The Composites Manufacturing Centre of Excellence forms part of SAMI’s efforts to develop a sustainable and self-sufficient defence industries sector in Saudi Arabia, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 goal of localising more than 50% of the Kingdom’s expenditure on defence equipment and services by the year 2030. The new composites manufacturing centre will help Saudi Arabia build its aerospace manufacturing capabilities to produce cutting-edge solutions in the future. SAMI Composites and Lockheed Martin will assess and develop the centre in a phased manner and will also focus on national talent development.

Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor of GAMI, said: “GAMI supports strategic cooperation, such as these, between local manufacturers and global industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). We look forward to the Composites Manufacturing Centre of Excellence further bolstering Saudi Arabia’s strategic autonomy within the air domain, and more broadly in the defence sector.”

Walid Abukhaled, CEO of SAMI, said: “Our relationship with Lockheed Martin has proven invaluable across the years, and today marks another milestone for our two companies and for Saudi Arabia’s promising aerospace sector.”

Ray Piselli, vice president for International Business at Lockheed Martin, commented: “Lockheed Martin is committed to partnering with SAMI in its efforts to achieve Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Through industrial partnerships, specialized knowledge transfer programs, and human capital development initiatives, we will continue our efforts to develop the Saudi industry."

John Flavin, CEO of SAMI Composites, said: “SAMI Composites LLC will be Saudi Arabia’s composites manufacturing hub furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and materials. The Composites Manufacturing Center of Excellence will develop a skilled Saudi workforce to produce in-demand composite components and assemblies for both defense and commercial aerospace platforms.”