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EPI expands capacity to build Boeing 787 Dreamliner parts in UAE

EPI expands capacity to build Boeing 787 Dreamliner parts in UAE

Earlier this year, EPI became a key regional manufacturer of Airbus aircraft parts

Precision engineering facility EPI is expanding its manufacturing capability to support the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

EPI will machine aluminium 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 in 2019.

Established in April last year, the plant is part of a collaboration agreement between Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun), Boeing Defense, Space & Security (Boeing) and EPI, to build a chemical processing plant that would increase its existing production capabilities, and move 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 specialised equipment and engagements with other leading OEMs, we are proud to expand our support for the 787 programme and are focused on delivering high-quality components for Boeing and its customers.”

“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,” said Bernard Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. “Adding EPI as a new supplier for the 787 Dreamliner, is a prime example of our mutually beneficial approach to engagement in the UAE.”

Earlier this year, EPI became a key regional manufacturer of Airbus aircraft parts.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a family of commercial airplanes that allows airlines to open new routes and fly people directly to where they would wish to in 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.

EPI manufactures high-quality complex engineering components for the defence, aerospace, and oil and gas sectors at its facilities in Abu Dhabi. The company’s capabilities span engineering, production, surface and heat treatment, machining, coating, repairing and tooling.

EPI is part of EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond.

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