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Boeing expands Middle East component manufacturing for new-gen widebodies

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 19, 2013
Mubadala is positioned to produce the 787 vertical fin as part of the new agreement. (Boeing)
Mubadala is positioned to produce the 787 vertical fin as part of the new agreement. (Boeing)

Recognising the ongoing vital role the region will play in the future success of its airliner products, Boeing has signed a strategic agreement with Abu Dhabi-based aerostructures manufacturer Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) for the supply of advanced composites and machined metals for the 787 and 777X.

The agreement expands the long-term role of Mubadala as a Tier 1 supplier to Boeing. Through the new agreement, Mubadala will supply as much as US$2.5 billion in components to Boeing’s commercial programs.

The two companies signed a framework agreement in 2009 and in 2012 Mubadala subsidiary Strata Manufacturing began production of 777 empennage ribs and 787 vertical fin ribs. The company is now positioned to build the vertical fin for the 787.

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