Tawazun Precision Industries, TPI, and Boeing broke ground yesterday on a new aerospace surface treatment facility for metallic parts in the UAE.
In a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi, company representatives said that the facility introduces a new aerospace manufacturing capability in the Gulf region.
"We are pleased to be part of this unique project which further fosters the UAE's regional leadership in high-technology defence manufacturing," said Saif Al Hajeri, CEO of Tawazun. "The establishment of this capability is a significant step for the UAE's aerospace industry, as the metallic components manufacturing and metallic sub-assembly will be performed entirely in the UAE."
The project, made possible by the Tawazun Economic Council, was first announced at the Dubai Air Show in 2013, and is scheduled to be operational in 2016. The collaboration between TPI and Boeing signifies the vital role the council plays in adding economic and commercial value to the UAE economy," said Matar Al Romaithi, Chief Officer, Tawazun Economic Council-Industrial Development Unit.
The project will create high value jobs in the UAE, and enable the opportunity for TPI to produce complex metallic assemblies for Boeing, its suppliers and other aerospace OEMs around the world, according to a joint press statement of the two entities.
"This new complex will be a state-of-the-art facility that will contribute to the growth of the UAE aerospace industry," said Bernie Dunn, President of Boeing Middle East, adding, "The development of key capabilities through partnerships is of mutual benefit to both Boeing and the UAE."
"This project is a significant strategic investment and a key enabler for TPI, which will secure a sustainable titanium and aluminium machining capability, with the potential to become a regional and global Centre of Excellence," said Dr. Phillip Lewis, the CEO of Tawazun Precision Industries.
"It provides the foundation for the development of a significant metallic aero-structures assembly facility to be established in the UAE, " he added.