• Rolls-Royce Supplier Excellence Award Recognizes Sanad’s Exceptional Performance
• A Historic Achievement: First Recognition for a UAE and MENA-Based Company by Rolls-Royce
• Sanad’s Transformation: From Local Support to Global Aerospace Partner
Silverstone, UK – October 11, 2023 — Sanad, the global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), proudly accepted a Supplier Excellence Award at the 2023 Rolls-Royce Global Civil Aerospace Suppliers Conference held in Silverstone, UK. Rolls-Royce, a global leader in aerospace technology, presents this award annually to recognize exceptional work and performance within its extensive supply chain, comprising more than 18,000 active suppliers employed worldwide.
The Rolls-Royce Global Civil Aerospace Suppliers Awards are an annual event that recognizes the outstanding performance and contribution of the suppliers and partners of Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s leading aerospace engine manufacturers. This Award by Rolls-Royce is a testament to Sanad’s outstanding engineering excellence and unwavering commitment to quality. It highlights their dedication to continuous operational improvement, cost optimization, and a steadfast pursuit of quality and excellence.
The awards ceremony was followed by a gala dinner and a keynote speech by James-Partington, Chief Procurement Officer of Rolls-Royce, who praised the achievements of the suppliers and highlighted the importance of collaboration and innovation in the aerospace industry.
Mansoor Janahi, Managing Director and Group CEO of Sanad, expressed his pride, saying, “Receiving the Supplier Excellence Award from Rolls-Royce is a testament to Sanad’s unwavering commitment to delivering excellence in aerospace engineering and leasing solutions. This recognition not only reinforces our dedication to continuous improvement but also reflects the relentless dedication and exceptional talent of our Sanad team members, who are the driving force behind our enduring success in the aerospace industry.”
Sanad’s unique position as the only independent Rolls-Royce approved Trent 700 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) center worldwide has been instrumental in their success. Among the exclusive global roster of just four Rolls-Royce Authorized MRO Centres, Sanad uniquely offers comprehensive overhaul and testing. Since establishing a strategic relationship with Rolls-Royce in 2013, Sanad has significantly increased the number of Trent 700 engine inductions by an impressive 42 percent year-on-year. Over the past five years, they have inducted 150 engines, reflecting their remarkable performance. Looking forward, Sanad has ambitious goals, aiming to induce more than 350 engines by 2028. Sanad’s long-term contract with Rolls-Royce extends until 2031, a testament to the trust placed in them by globally renowned OEMs.
This award marks a historic achievement, as it is the first time that a company from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been recognized with such an honour by Rolls-Royce. It signifies the remarkable growth and transformation of Sanad, solidifying its position as an integral part of the Rolls-Royce global network. Behind this achievement lies the dedicated Sanad team, which includes a substantial number of skilled technicians, including UAE Nationals in technical roles, with a particular focus on fostering gender diversity within the workforce.
Moreover, Sanad’s relationship with Rolls-Royce has expanded beyond the borders of the UAE, with the Emirati company now serving as a major supplier of Trent 700 services to airlines worldwide. This achievement builds upon the substantial $6.5 billion transaction signed in 2019, further strengthening Sanad’s role as a strategic supplier to Rolls-Royce.
Simultaneously, Rolls-Royce’s robust global supply chain, fueled by an annual expenditure exceeding £7 billion with suppliers, remains vital to its overall performance. The company’s substantial investments in strengthening the resilience and efficiency of this intricate global supply network align with their proactive approach, fostering collaborative partnerships with valued partners like Sanad to continually elevate operational performance.
Sanad’s receipt of a Supplier Excellence Award from Rolls-Royce not only reaffirms their commitment to excellence and continuous improvement but also underscores the exceptional growth, dedication, and talent of the Sanad team. This prestigious award marks a historic milestone for both the UAE and the MENA Region, reinforcing the UAE’s vision to establish itself as a global aviation hub, further underscoring Sanad’s integral role within the Rolls-Royce global network, serving airlines around the world.