French Connection Nurturing Morocco’s Auto Industry

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:33 PM

Indeed, with the Strait of Gibraltar separating Morocco and Spain by just eight miles (thirteen km) the Morocco government’s 2014-2020 industrial acceleration policy is clear: It wants to grow its auto sector fast.

French Connection Nurturing Morocco’s Auto Industry

CASABLANCA – The stable N African kingdom of Morocco is pushing ahead with plans to grow its automotive manufacturing industry, creating a lower-cost hub for supplying nearby wealthy European markets.

Indeed, with the Strait of Gibraltar separating Morocco and Spain by just eight miles (thirteen km) the Morocco government’s 2014-2020 industrial acceleration policy is clear: It wants to grow its auto sector fast.

“Automotive is one of the most necessary industries, along with the aeronautical sector,” says a statement from Morocco automotive-industry organization AMICA. Data compiled by the organization indicate export sales growth in the sector have been growing fast, from €2.2 billion ($2.5 billion) in two thousand-twelfth to €2.8 billion ($3.2 million) in two thousand-thirteenth and €3.65 billion ($2.2 billion) in 2014.

Confidence in Morocco’s industry was demonstrated latest June when PSA Peugeot Citroen signed a deal with the Moroccan government to construct a new Peugeot car plant in the northern city of Kenitra that's due to open in 2019.

This expansion follows major investments by rival French automaker Renault: It invested €1 billion ($1.1 billion) to double its Morocco manufacturing capacity from 200.000 vehicles in two thousand-tenth to 400.000 by two thousand thirteen.

Its Casablanca plant opened at the finish of 2013 and can produce seven hundred cars per day (Renault said it manufactured 59.028 vehicles in two thousand-fifteenth). Renault’s Kenitra factory opened the same year and manufactures eight hundred vehicles per day. And two production lines at Tangier’s Tanger Automotive City, which opened in two thousand-fifteenth, can gather more than 1.200 cars per day. Tanger Automotive City, which opened in two thousand-fifteenth, can gather more than 1.200 cars per day.

Renault says 288.053 vehicles were produced latest year at those plants.

Discussing the importance of its Moroccan base, a Renault Maroc spokesperson tells WardsAuto: “The proximity of France and Morocco allows the development of a local industry with the creation of direct and indirect local jobs. It supports certain activities in Europe such as R&D.” Tangier, he adds, is noteworthy for producing vehicles from the Logan platform.

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