EPI, the precision engineering backbone of the UAE’s aerospace and defense industry, announced it is expanding its manufacturing capabilities to support the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The announcement was made on the side-lines of the Global Aerospace Summit, which took place between 28 to 29 September, virtually from Abu Dhabi.
EPI will machine aluminum trailing edge ribs for use in the 787-commercial aircraft. The serial assembly lines will be an extension to the Abu Dhabi facility, with the processed parts additionally going through EPI’s surface treatment plant launched last year.
Established in April 2019, the plant is part of an industrial collaboration agreement between Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun), Boeing Defense, Space & Security (Boeing) and EPI, to build a chemical processing plant that would ramp up its existing production capabilities, and move beyond machining and into aircraft assembly for aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Khalid Al Breiki, President - Mission Support, EDGE, said: “In recent years, the UAE has significantly amplified its domestic manufacturing capabilities and the opportunities facilitated by Tawazun - between Boeing and EPI - contributes to this rapidly growing infrastructure. Backed by our industry-leading expertise in specialized equipment and engagements with other leading OEMs, we are proud to expand our support for the 787 program and are focused on delivering high- quality components for Boeing and its customers.”
“Our continued relationship with Boeing is symbolic of the partnerships we build and value. Today’s announcement expanding EPI’s manufacturing capabilities is an encouraging indicator for the region’s aerospace and defense industries and we look forward to exploring similar opportunities in the coming years,” he added.
“This contract with EPI will expand the capability and capacity of Boeing’s global supply chain while supporting further development of the UAE’s aerospace industry. Adding EPI as a new supplier for the 787 Dreamliner, is a prime example of our mutually beneficial approach to engagement in the UAE,” said Bernard Dunn, President of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes that brings big-jet ranges and speed to the middle of the market. Boeing designed the 787 family with superior efficiency, allowing airlines to profitably open new routes and fly people directly to where they would like to go in exceptional comfort. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family is flying more than 1,900 routes and has made possible 300+ new nonstop routes around the world.
The move consolidates EPI’s status as a leader in commercial aircraft production. Earlier this year, the company became a key regional manufacturer of Airbus aircraft parts. EPI manufactures high-quality complex engineering components for the defense, aerospace, and oil and gas sectors at its advanced facilities in Abu Dhabi. The company’s capabilities span engineering, production, surface and heat treatment, machining, coating, repairing and tooling.
EPI, part of the Mission Support Cluster within EDGE, manufactures high-quality complex engineering components for the defense, aerospace, and oil and gas sectors. The company is the engineering backbone of the UAE’s aerospace and defense industry, and a regional leader in advanced manufacturing capabilities through proven precision engineering. Its skilled team of CAD/CAM designers, programmers, toolmakers, and application and manufacturing engineers leverages next-generation technologies to design and deliver 21st century engineering solutions.
As part of EDGE, the company incorporates Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations in its integrated suite of over 100 of the latest hi-tech machine tool systems, including state-of-the-art Computer Numerical Control (CNC) tech.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.
EDGE is an advanced technology group established in November 2019 to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defense and beyond. Enabling a secure future, it is dedicated to bringing innovative technologies and services to market with greater speed and efficiency.
Consolidating over 25 entities and employing more than 12,000 brilliant minds, it offers expertise across five core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Cyber Defense, Electronic Warfare & Intelligence and Mission Support.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, EDGE is a catalyst for change - promoting fast, precise decision-making to revolutionize the industry and change its fundamentals.