Models of the Boeing fleet are on display at the Dubai Airshow this week. Boeing has announced a partnership with the United Arab Emirates to establish local aerospace parts treatment capabilities. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)
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DUBAI — Boeing has taken a step toward strengthening its industrial collaboration in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by announcing on Monday that it is entering a business partnership with Tawazun Precision Industries (TPI) to establish an aerospace parts treatment capabilities here.
The project is scheduled to be up and running in 2016 at the Tawazun industrial park in Abu Dhabi, providing aerospace surface treatment capabilities in the Arabian Gulf region for the first time.
Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, declined to discuss the size of the investment in the venture beyond saying it was “significant.”
He said the new operations would start with parts, but move up to include subassemblies as well.
Aside from an investment in the operation, Boeing will provide manufacturing and technology expertise as well as assistance in gaining the required aerospace certifications.
TPI produces precision parts for a number of aerospace projects, including metal components for delivery to UAE company Strada for tail fin assemblies it makes for Boeing 787 and 777 airliners.
At the moment, the components must be shipped out of the region for surface treatment before being returned to the UAE for assembly completion.
The deal with state-owned Tawazun is one of a number of investments Boeing is making in the UAE.
This year, the US aerospace company signed collaborative efforts in the UAE in unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber security, and the Arabian Gulf nation continues to build its aerospace and defense capabilities largely on the back of offset obligations resulting from major weapons deals with western manufacturers.