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Strata Manufacturing delivers A350 flaps to Airbus

Flaps to be incorporated into A350s from 2018 as Strata plans to ramp up production

Gulf News

Dubai: Strata Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, has completed delivery of its first set of A350-900 inboard flaps to Airbus.

Strata-produced inboard flaps will be incorporated into A350s from January 2018, with the company expecting to ramp up production of these components in 2018 and 2019.

“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,” said Esmail Ali Abdullah, Strata’s chief executive officer, in a statement on Saturday.

European aircraft maker Airbus selected Strata to manufacture the inboard flaps for A350-900 aircraft models in 2015. Inboard flaps are located along the edge of aircraft wings, and are positioned next to the plane’s body to enable it to secure greater lift during take-off and landing.

Strata’s current manufacturing portfolio for Airbus includes complete wing movable assemblies for the A330, A350, and A380 product range. Additionally, the company, whose facilities are located in Al Ain, manufactures parts for Boeing’s 777 and 787 aircraft lines.

Strata’s chief executive told Gulf News in an interview earlier this week that the company is expecting to record over Dh500 million in revenues in 2017, and is looking to establish a new business division to manufacture parts for aircraft engines. He said the new facility to make engine parts is expected to be up and running by 2020 in Al Ain.

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