UAE's Strata Manufacturing partners with DHL Global Forwarding to bolster aerospace supply chain

December 20, 2018 - 03:27
UAE's Strata Manufacturing partners with DHL Global Forwarding to bolster aerospace supply chain

  • The five-yearagreement will see DHL Global Forwarding manage end-to-end shipment processesfor Strata Manufacturing's aero-structures, including onsite warehousemanagement and supply chain automation
  • Newly-appointed AbuDhabi Country Manager, Kapil Grover will oversee the partnership


ABU DHABI, UAE  - Media OutReach - Dec20, 2018 - DHL GlobalForwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freightservices, has been selected by Strata Manufacturing, the advanced compositeaero structures manufacturing company wholly-owned by Mubadala InvestmentCompany PJSC, to provide Fourth Party Logistics (4PL) services spanning itsentire supply chain.

MOU signing by Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO, Strata Manufacturing and Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East and Africa


The five-year agreement aims to minimize Strata Manufacturing's shipmenttimes along its global supply chains, with DHL Global Forwarding takingresponsibility for all warehousing, freight and customs clearance ofaero-structures produced at Strata Manufacturing's facility in the Nibras AlAin Aerospace Park -- the multi-faceted development that supports theestablishment of a sustainable aerospace industry in the Emirates with a visionto become a global benchmark in the aerospace industry.


The partnership will see DHL Global Forwarding set up a 2,500-square-meterwarehouse in Abu Dhabi for storage and consolidation of all Strata shipments,equipped with high-volume racking, as well as fully-managed kitting, packing anddispatch process to support the company's growing capacity requirements.


"We'reexcited to partner with Strata Manufacturing to support its growth strategies. Withthe aviation industry expecting positive growth[1],Strata's growth horizons for its wing components and tail assemblies continueto look optimistic," said Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle Eastand Africa.


"Strata has established itself as a strong global player in theaero-structures manufacturing sector and we require world-class logisticscapabilities to ensure our technology and manufacturing best practices reachour international customers at speed and without compromise," said Ismail Ali Abdulla,CEO, Strata Manufacturing. "DHL's global freight network and warehousinginfrastructure, coupled with its expertise in handling the sensitivities ofaerospace products, will support our goals for further international growth."


The fully-managed supply chain will support both time-critical "aircrafton ground" needs -- where planes require immediate support with replacementcomponents -- as well as consolidated outbound shipments to Strata's overseascustomers; Airbus and Boeing, which are two of the largest aircraftmanufacturers in the world.


"I am settling in well to my new role in AbuDhabi and looking forward to working with my team to take our partnership withStrata to new heights. We are committed to continuous innovation to meetStrata's business requirements. Our successful testing and adoption ofgroundbreaking practices, such as the Kanban approach developed to manageaerospace inventory shipment based on demand and supply, is testament of ourdeep knowledge of this industry," said Kapil Grover, the newly-appointmentcountry manager for DHL Global Forwarding in Abu Dhabi -- an industry veteranwith over two decades of experience. Grover oversaw a two-fold increase inrevenue growth over five years when he was Head of Industrial Projects forDanzas.


Under the agreement, DHL Global Forwarding will also provide end-to-endcontrol tower services spanning the movement of shipments, from manufacturingfacilities in Al Ain to storage in the new Abu Dhabi warehouse and DHL's Europeanwarehouses, which serve as global hubs for overseas distribution. At eachstage, DHL's customs clearance personnel will work with Strata Manufacturing toensure the seamless flow of goods both into and out of the country. DHL Global Forwardingwill also automate a significant part of the 4PL process, including deploymentsof integrated management platforms for warehousing, ordering and transport; aswell as employing lean methodologies to reduce manufacturing, packing andtransit times.


DHL -- The logistics company for the world


DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL familyof divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging fromnational and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillmentsolutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrialsupply chain management. With about 360,000 employees in more than 220countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businessessecurely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutionsfor growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences andhealthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporateresponsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL isdecisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".


DHL ispart of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 60billion euros in 2017.


Strata Manufacturing PJSC (STRATA) is acomposite aero-structures manufacturing facility based in the heart of NibrasAl Ain Aerospace, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The company wasestablished in 2009, with production beginning in 2010. Strata has partnershipswith the world's leading aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing andLeonardo-Finmeccanica Aero-structures Division as well as a Tier one supplierto FACC AG, SAAB and S.A.B.C.A.


Strata is wholly owned by MubadalaInvestment Company PJSC (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment anddevelopment company and is part of the Aerospace, Renewables & ICT platformthat aims to advance the development of a leading aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi.