Renault Algérie Production (RAP) has launched its new car manufacturing plant in Oued Tlelat in the Oran region of Algeria.
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault group, today inaugurated the plant in the presence of Algeria's prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, Minister of Industry and Mining’s Abdesselam Bouchouareb, France's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius and Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron.
According to Renault, the Symbol has been acclaimed in Algeria for value-for-money, level of quality, high standard of equipment, reliability and its spacious interior.
The plant at present has one production line with an annual capacity of 25,000 vehicles, but a second phase, with an increase to 75,000 vehicles per year, is under consideration. This will provide greater opportunity for closer integration of suppliers, as well as body and paint shops.
In recent months, so far RAP has hired close to 350 members of staff and these new employees have been trained at the automotive training centre (CFPA) in Oran by Renault’s experts. Some have also undertaken training at various Renault-Nissan Alliance plants, including in Romania.
The new Symbol made in Algeria will feature a high standard of equipment including a GPS navigation system.
Renault claims to be the leading car manufacturer in Algeria with share of over 25 per cent at the end of September 2014.
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