UAE Adopts 3D Printing in Aerospace Activities
U.S. companies with 3D printing capabilities that cater to aircraft parts could have an advantage in the UAE market.
The United Arab Emirates continues to incorporate innovative solutions and cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing into nearly all aspects of its economy.
The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market in the UAE is expected to grow from US$9bn in 2019 to $13.2bn in 2029, with an increasing role for 3D printed technologies. In 2016, the Dubai government launched the “Dubai 3D Printing Strategy” to transform Dubai into a leading user, producer and exporter of global 3D printing processes, technologies and associated services.
Etihad Airways, national flagship carrier for the UAE, and Dubai’s Emirates Airlines have begun using 3D printing technology to manufacture components for aircraft cabins. The companies’ goals are to enable faster, safer and cheaper parts production. This trend of introducing 3D printed parts is expected to continue in the UAE’s aviation sector. MRO companies in the UAE that service Emirates, Etihad and Sharjah-based Air Arabia are constantly looking for smarter ways to increase efficiency by using 3D printing technology. U.S. companies with MRO 3D printing capabilities, particularly those that cater to “aircraft parts on demand,” could have first mover advantage in the UAE market.
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U.S. companies with innovative 3D printing technologies may find opportunities in this sector, and to do so, can begin by contacting the U.S. Commercial Service in Dubai at Office.Dubai@trade.gov.