Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Renault-Nissan plant biggest in Africa
The second production line at Renault-Nissan’s plant in Tangier, opened today, will make it the biggest plant in Africa, allowing the facility to produce 340,000 vehicles a year.
The public-private partnership between Kingdom of Morocco and Renault-Nissan Alliance enhances the international reputation of the "Made in Morocco" label.
The inauguration of the line was presided over by Abdelkader Amara, Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, and in the presence of Jacques Prost, managing director of the Renault Morocco group, and a number of key figures in politics and economics.
The new line will increase the site's output capacity to 340,000 vehicles a year, starting in 2014. It has required an investment of €400 million and will produce Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway, two leading models in the Dacia range.
This achievement, the result of a public-private partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Renault group, makes the plant a major industrial ambition and a source of productivity and development for the country's automotive sector.
The commitment of suppliers in their support for the plant contributed to the successful completion of this new step forward, while meeting technical and economic requirements.
This development also helps to make Morocco a cornerstone of manufacturing competitiveness and respects the ambitious road map coordinated by the Renault-Nissan plant and the Kingdom of Morocco together with the Moroccan Association for Automotive Industry and Trade, AMICA.
"Today's ceremony is extremely important to us. It illustrates Renault's willingness to meet its commitments and Moroccan Authorities' ambition to develop the automotive industry in Morocco. I am sure this second production line will produce quality Sandero vehicles and will be a strong testimony of the "made in Morocco" label globally," said Prost.
Some 1,400 people have been recruited for the needs of the new line, raising the plant's total workforce to 5,000. Morocco's Institute for Training Automotive Industry Professionals, IFMIA, a tool for the development of human resources, is pursuing its development strategy to hone the skills of the plant's new recruits and existing staff.
The plant was opened on 9 February 2012 by HM King Mohammed VI in the presence of Carlos Ghosn, president of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Since then, the Tangier plant has moved at a strong pace and day by day has successfully developed its expertise and seemingly met its objectives. The adventure now continues with a second production line and a third vehicle. ∎