The five-year agreement aims to minimise Strata Manufacturings shipment times along its global supply chains, with DHL Global Forwarding taking responsibility for all warehousing, freight and customs clearance of aero-structures produced at its facility in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, said a statement from the company.
The partnership will see DHL Global Forwarding set up a 2,500-sq-m warehouse in Abu Dhabi for storage and consolidation of all Strata shipments, equipped with high-volume racking, as well as fully-managed kitting, packing and dispatch process to support the companys growing capacity requirements, it said.
Amadou Diallo, chief executive officer, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said: We are excited to partner with Strata Manufacturing to support its growth strategies.
With the aviation industry expecting positive growth, Stratas growth horizons for its wing components and tail assemblies continue to look optimistic, he added.
Under the agreement, DHL Global Forwarding will also provide end-to-end control tower services spanning the movement of shipments, from manufacturing facilities in Al Ain to storage in the new Abu Dhabi warehouse and DHLs European warehouses, which serve as global hubs for overseas distribution, he added.
Strata Manufacturing CEO Ismail Ali Abdulla said: Our company has established itself as a strong global player in the aero-structures manufacturing sector and we require world-class logistics capabilities to ensure our technology and manufacturing best practices reach our international customers at speed and without compromise.
DHLs global freight network and warehousing infrastructure, coupled with its expertise in handling the sensitivities of aerospace products, will support our goals for further international growth, he added.
The fully-managed supply chain will support both time-critical aircraft on ground needs where planes require immediate support with replacement components as well as consolidated outbound shipments to Stratas overseas customers; Airbus and Boeing, which are two of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world.
Kapil Grover, newly-appointment country manager for DHL Global Forwarding in Abu Dhabi, said: I am settling in well to my new role in Abu Dhabi and looking forward to working with my team to take our partnership with Strata to new heights. We are committed to continuous innovation to meet Stratas business requirements.
Our successful testing and adoption of ground-breaking practices, such as the Kanban approach developed to manage aerospace inventory shipment based on demand and supply, is testament of our deep knowledge of this industry, he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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