Rabat – Daher, a French industrial aircraft manufacturer, equipment, and service supplier for industry opened its third plant in Morocco’s northern city of Tangier on Tuesday, February 6.
The plant’s inauguration ceremony was co-chaired by Morocco’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, and Daher’s Chairman Patrick Daher, along with the company’s CEO, Didier Kayat.
Daher’s new aerospace platform represents an investment of EUR 15 million. The project marks Daher’s continued investment and collaborative projects in Morocco, the first of which opened in Tangier in 2011 and a second in Casablanca in 2007.
Inauguration de la 3e usine marocaine de Daher à Tanger avec Didier Kayat, DG de Daher et Patrick Daher, Président de Daher. Investissement de plus de 15 M€ et création de 250 emplois à terme dans les écosystèmes du secteur aéronautique pic.twitter.com/e39Ng7fEi2
— Moulay Hafid Elalamy (@MyHafidElalamy) February 6, 2018
Daher is a fast-growing aerostructure manufacturer with four aerospace factories in France as well as three other factories in Australia, Mexico, and Morocco.
The new site will employ roughly 250 workers.
At the new plant’s inauguration in Tangier, company president Patrick Daher was full of praise for recent business collaborations with Morocco.
“Morocco has become the obvious choice, owing to its economic and political stability, the skill level of local staff, [and] the excellence of training,” he said. Daher continued to extoll Morocco’s geographical location that “allows the rapid delivery of the supplies to customers with controlled logistics cost, and an aeronautical ecosystem in constant development.”
Lauding the project, Morocco’s Minister of Industry said that “this new investment project confirms Daher’s desire to move upmarket in Morocco and continue to grow there.” The official added that the “group will produce, on a surface area of more than 12,000 square meters, the majority of parts for technical Airbus bestseller, the A320NEO,” he added.
#Daher today inaugurated its new plant in #Tangier at a ceremony attended by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Trade and the Digital Economy, along with Daher’s CEO, Didier Kayat, and Chairman, Patrick Daher#DaherSucceedTogether pic.twitter.com/6mzUvq8TRu
— Daher (@DAHER_official) February 6, 2018
Elalamy emphasized that Daher wants to improve the local content of its production, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The Minister added that with this new site, industrialization can also be carried out locally, recalling the four ecosystems that have been launched in the national aeronautical industry as part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan (PAI).
According to Elalamy, the PAI has put the sector in a new paradigm of development, noting that the Moroccan aeronautical industry recorded in 2017 an export performance with a notable 20 percent increase in exports. The objective of reaching a local integration rate of 35 percent has been revised upwards to 42 percent, he added.
The two earlier Daher sites in Casablanca and Tangier employ more than 550 people.