The autoracks will allow PSA Group to send cars by train from its Kenitra plant to Tangier port.
Rabat – European automotive logistics company GEFCO announced that it will transport 45 autoracks from Saint-Nazaire port in France to Tangier port by the end of 2019.
“A total of 47 wagons will transport new vehicles on the railway connecting Tangier to Kenitra, where Groupe PSA will inaugurate a new plant,” GEFCO said in a press release on January 23.
Morocco’s National Railways Office (ONCF) will operate the autoracks and carry the cars by train from PSA’s plant in Kenitra to Tangier port before exporting them to Europe, according to the press release.
Anne Lambusson, an executive vice president at GEFCO, said: “We’re very pleased Groupe PSA has trusted GEFCO with this exciting project and we’re confident we have the right expertise and capabilities to make it a success.
GEFCO said that the project will also consolidate its position in Morocco.
In September last year, PSA Group announced that its Kenitra plant, set to produce 100,000 cars in 2019, will double its annual production capacity to 200,000 next year at a cost of €560 million.
GEFCO, which serves 300 destinations worldwide, said it “is supporting Groupe PSA’s ambitious development strategy in Morocco and in Africa more widely.”
PSA “plans to make Kenitra a leading industrial hub and has already started developing a dedicated network,” the company added.
The French car manufacturer’s sales in the Middle East and Africa region grew by 61.4 percent from 2016 to 2017, selling 618,800 units.
“The Kenitra plant is the best performing of the industrial plants of PSA Group,” according to Jean Christophe Quemard, PSA Group’s executive vice-president in the Africa-Mideast region.
The Kenitra automotive construction site started in 2017. By the end of 2017, PSA Group had a total workforce of 350 in Morocco. According to the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, the workforce is expected to reach 2,200 people in 2019.