Advanced composite aero-structures manufacturing company Strata Manufacturing, which is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, has announced the completion of construction works on the Strata Solvay Advanced Materials (SSAM) high-tech facility in Al Ain, which is a joint venture with Belgian materials and chemicals company Solvay.
The 8,500m2 SSAM facility is currently being equipped with the latest technology and machinery prior to the testing and qualifying of processes designed to supply pre-preg carbon-fibre materials for the primary structure applications in Boeing’s 777X programme.
The completion of the SSAM facility heralds the beginning of Strata’s diversification journey, with the Al Ain manufacturer now the Middle East and North Africa’s first supplier of aerospace-grade pre-impregnated carbon fibres and the fourth globally.
The completion of the facility also marks a new chapter in Abu Dhabi’s drive towards a sustainable homegrown manufacturing sector.
Key positions have already been assigned to UAE nationals. Khalid Al Nuaimi, a Strata engineer, will head the Strata Solvay project and manage communications between the two companies, as well as execute the business plan, budget, and purchasing of equipment for the facility.
Ghubaisha Al Ameri, currently a Quality Engineer at Strata, will also transition to the new team.
Commenting on the milestone, the chairman of Strata and Head of Aerospace at Mubadala, Badr Al-Olama, said: “This latest milestone achieved by Strata’s ‘Made with Pride in the UAE’ success story is a testament to Mubadala’s growth strategy. The constant enhancement and expansion of Abu Dhabi’s aerospace manufacturing capabilities reflects our commitment towards product and service excellence for our partners, customers and the global market.”
The CEO of Strata, who will be Chairman of the Board at SSAM, Ismail Ali Abdulla, said: “The completion of the SSAM facility signals a new era for the region’s aerospace sector and cements the UAE’s global aerospace manufacturing capabilities. The manufacturing capabilities that SSAM brings to the region significantly diversifies our product portfolio.
“Equally important are the opportunities this joint venture provides for developing the skills of our local Emirati workforce. This facility is a cornerstone of our future growth aspirations and underlines the importance of STEM education to enable our next generation’s career choices.”
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