Dubai Airshow: Tawazun to produce tactical aircraft parts for Boeing

Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI) has announced the latest stage of its partnership with Boeing, with an agreement to produce complex metallic machined parts for tactical aircraft.

TPI, an Abu Dhabi-based subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries Company, will produce the parts at its new manufacturing facility in the capital, which it is developing with the US aerospace company.

The new facility, which broke ground in June, is expected to become operational next year.


The agreement, announced yesterday at the Dubai Airshow, builds upon a partnership with Boeing that the two companies signed two years ago.

“TPI has successfully developed a class-leading resource in advanced aerospace machining over the last three years and the award of this contract by Boeing is a recognition of the competitiveness and potential of this capability,” said Phillip Lewis, TPI’s chief executive.

“TPI is confident that working with Boeing on delivering this contract will further enhance existing capabilities and provide a foundation for a long-lasting partnership between TPI and Boeing.”

The agreement reaffirms Boeing’s commitment to TPI’s manufacturing facility, after the US aeronautics giant announced plans to open a new facility in Dubai South from 2017.

Boeing will use the new facility to develop its new Middle East headquarters in the aviation district, including a spare parts warehouse, a distribution building and a maintenance training building.

“This is about two great companies – TPI and Boeing – working together for defence and aerospace worldwide and we couldn’t be more excited and happy about this relationship,” said Chris Chadwick, the chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

Separately, TPI also signed a supply agreement yesterday with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, an Italian aerospace company, at the Dubai Airshow. The two companies will cooperate on civil aerostructural components, specifically four aluminium structural parts of the ATR 72 aircraft.

Recently, TPI successfully delivered the first series of components manufactured in the UAE to Alenia Aermacchi.

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