Strata-AAA aviation partnership to boost global supply chain opportunities

Abu Dhabi aircraft specialist teams up with French firm Assistance Aéronautique et Aérospatiale for work on civilian, military and business planes

A security guard walks under the first Airbus A330 plane to be delivered after the inauguration ceremony of the Airbus Long Range Cabin Completion Centre in Tianjin, China on September 20, 2017.
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Strata Manufacturing, the advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Assistance Aéronautique et Aérospatiale (AAA), a key player in the aerospace industry for on-site operations, working on all civil, military and business aircraft.

The MoU will enable Strata and AAA to collaborate and further contribute to aircraft manufacturing support services and advancement of vital supply chain capabilities in line with Strata’s strategy towards sustainability, competitiveness and growth, Strata said.

Strata is a tier 1 supplier of components to Airbus and Boeing, and has since its launch in 2009, focused on the production of primary and secondary aero-structures using advanced composite materials. Strata and AAA have been sharing product synergies and collaborating together since 2011.

“With a common vision and shared values, we look forward to working even closer together with AAA to explore opportunities to integrate our commercial interests and develop common projects and joint operations," said Ismail Ali Abdulla, the chief executive of Strata, at the Dubai Airshow. "This partnership will enable our workforce to leverage AAA’s strong product knowledge and supply chain expertise to further develop our products, services and supply chain capabilities in line with global best practices in the aerospace sector.

“We are keen to further investigate the possibility of utilising AAA’s expertise in industrialising work packages. We will also be looking for AAA’s support with specific technical resources to support our upcoming projects.”

Headquartered in Paris, France, AAA, is privately held major on-site service provider, offering industrial production and assembly, manufacturing engineering, industrialisation, final assembly line (FAL) services, FAL integration, flight line services, out standing works and out located works, quality conformance management, quality inspection, airline services and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) to more than 50 customers across the world.


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“The development of the aerospace industry requires strong strategic partnerships such as the one we want to build with Strata," said Gilles Chauby, the chief executive of AAA. "We are therefore honoured by the trust Strata is placing in us to support their future projects in the United Arab Emirates, Europe and in the world.

"Through this agreement, reinforced by a common vision and shared values, AAA will put at the disposal of Strata its aeronautical services enabled by the 3,500 employees based around the world.

“Our experience in manufacturing engineering, production, supply chain, and MRO on most of the civil and military aircraft will be pooled together with Strata's extended expertise as major aerostructure manufacturer,” Mr Chauby continued. “With this agreement our two joined networks will include the major aerospace manufacturers, equipment suppliers and airlines, a common strategy of sustainability, competitiveness, quality and growth.

“The combination of Strata's and AAA's complementary strengths and expertise outlines a partnership full of opportunities for both companies. We are now eager to build on this partnership and begin a strong and long term collaboration,” Mr Chauby said.