Inaugurated in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour, the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohamed Abdeljalil, the Chief Executive Officer of Safran, Olivier Andriès, the Chairman of Safran Nacelles, Vincent Caro, and the Chairman of the board of directors of Safran Nacelles Morocco, Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, this 6,000 m2 extension will be reserved for the production of nacelles for the Airbus A320neo and the high-end Gulfstream G700/G800 business jets.
This deployment, which required an envelope of 115 million dirhams, also aims to support the industrial development plan of the plant for greater efficiency and performance in order to increase the production rates of the nacelles requested by customers.
With the integration of the best standards of the aeronautics industry, Safran Nacelles Morocco thus becomes the reference site for Safran in Morocco and enters the era of “Manufacturing 4.0” with a strong desire to digitize its production processes and reduce its environmental footprint.
Pursuant to these ambitions, Safran Nacelles Morocco has equipped its facilities with state-of-the-art equipment such as a large autoclave, ergonomic workstations, machining machines and the latest generation robots and cobots. The site also doubled the surface area of a room dedicated to the manufacture of composite material parts, going from 1,800 m2 to 3,600 m2.
In terms of human resources, Safran Nacelles Morocco is training, as part of its development, 850 qualified employees in composite manufacturing and nacelle assembly so that they can develop new skills, particularly in engineering. A hundred new employees will come by the end of the year to strengthen the company’s workforce.
In a statement to MAP, Mr. Mezzour welcomed the exceptional partnership between Safran and the ecosystem of the Moroccan aeronautics industry behind this new state-of-the-art investment, adding that the world leader has supported the upgrading and skills of this national industry.
“This is Safran Nacelles’ most important site in the world and we are proud of the Moroccan skills which have enabled investors in industry in general, and in aeronautics in particular, to strengthen their footprint. in Morocco and to trust our country to go even further and move upmarket,” the Minister continued.
Mr. Mezzour also noted Safran’s interest in the Moroccan aeronautical platform and in the human capital which contributes to strengthening the competitiveness of the sector and the integration of professions with higher added value, affirming that Morocco is entering a new era of the aeronautical industry which will make it a technological center and of excellence and will enable it to position itself as a major player at world level.
“This new investment confirms Safran’s desire to develop sustainably in Morocco”, declared Safran’s Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Andriès, emphasizing the aspect of innovation and operational excellence which are keys for Safran customers.
And to add that “the Group’s establishment in the Kingdom is strategic and we know that we can count on the Moroccan authorities and on qualified personnel thanks to the partnership with the Institute of Aeronautical Professions”.
“This site will be an essential part of our industrial ecosystem, not just in the field of nacelles, but Casablanca is of considerable importance to us for the entire Safran Group and our aeronautical activities, which have 3,400 employees in Morocco”, said he concluded.
With the aim of helping to reduce the CO2 emissions of Safran facilities by 30% from 2025, the site is equipping itself with a power plant whose energy will be supplied by 3,000 photovoltaic panels installed on the new extension as well as in the shade of the car park. Operational in August 2022, it will produce 20% of the site’s electricity and will save 2,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
This inaugural ceremony was marked by the presence of the Wali of the Casablanca-Settat Region, Saïd Ahmidouch, the Governor of the Province of Nouaceur, Abdallah Chater, the President of the Council of the Casablanca-Settat region, Abdellatif Maâzouz, and the President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, Chakib Alj.
Created in March 2005, Safran Nacelles Morocco is the largest aeronautical production site in Morocco. It specializes in the manufacture of composite materials and the assembly of nacelles (air intake, engine cover and thrust reversers) and its sub-assemblies. Thanks to its roots in the territory, the company has developed a local supply chain with the support of the Group of Moroccan Aeronautical and Space Industries.