At the 50th edition of the Farnborough International Airshow in the England, Boeing announced that it will source carbon fiber prepreg composite material for the Boeing 777X from a new 50/50 joint venture formed by Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company and Solvay.
Boeing is the first customer for the Mubadala-Solvay joint venture, which will produce primary structure composite material for use in manufacturing the 777X empennage and floor beams. Mubadala and Solvay are planning for the joint venture to be operational by 2021 in a new facility built in Al Ain, U.A.E.
“After close collaboration with Mubadala and Solvay to expand the supply of aerospace composites, Boeing is pleased to be the first customer for their new joint venture in the U.A.E.” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Our commitment to purchase this prepreg material for the 777X meets several important goals for Boeing, from further advancing aerospace industry development in the U.A.E. to expanding high-quality materials in our supply chain.”
According to Solvay, its prepreg-technology, which consists of fiber reinforcements pre-impregnated with a resin matrix used in creating a composite part, provides exceptional performance at lower weight compared to metal structures.
Boeing has had preexisting relationship with both Solvay and Mubadala Development Company for years. Solvay has provided composite materials and adhesives in support of all Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs for 30 years. Boeing and Mubadala Development Company’s relationship started in 2009, and have since signed several agreements to advance their collaboration in aerospace composites manufacturing. Mubadala officially became a long-term Boeing supplier in 2013.
“Boeing has been a key global partner of ours for years,” said Homaid Al Shimmari, CEO of Aerospace & Engineering Services, Mubadala. “Together with Solvay, we will further develop our capabilities in advanced composite materials production in order to expand the supply chain and create a materials ecosystem. The creation of a new manufacturing facility at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park supports our efforts of delivering on Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 by developing a regional Aerospace Hub for Abu Dhabi.”