PARIS 2009: UAE's Al Ain bids to be manufacturing centre

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Al Ain International Airport in the United Arab Emirates is aiming to establish itself as a centre of aerospace manufacturing and business development, through a series of partnership agreements.

The airport's operator, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), is signing several agreements at the Paris Air Show with German, UK and US firms to assisting the development of a zone adjacent to the airport.

ADAC has already signed a 'twin cluster' partnership with German aerospace representatives from the Bavarian region, which will allow the two sides to explore potential joint business opportunities in such areas as aero engines, aerostructures, maintenance and training.

Among several participants on the German side are MT Aerospace, Aerotech Peissenberg and Aircraft Electronic Engineering, which have each signed a memorandum of understanding at the Paris Air Show covering establishment of production centres for components and avionics at Al Ain.

ADAC chairman Khalifa Mohamed Al Mazrouei says: "Al Ain's aerospace industry is at its infancy, the costs are low and the business environment is globalized and well-funded."

Two UK firms - Beagle Aerospace and Generation Metals International - have also signed similar pacts covering aerospace supply services.