Author and Contributor
Morocco has gradually earned a strong place in the aeronautic industry, attracting global aerospace investors seeking for competitive advantage.
Today, the industry is almost a billion-euro business generating 4,5% of the kingdom’s total exports. The Moroccan Space and Aeronautical industries Group (GIMAS) expects to double the industry size by 2020.
Within 14 years, the industry has shown a significant increase of aeronautic manufacturers (from 10 in 2001 to more than a hundred companies today) that have set up in Tangier, Casablanca and Rabat employing almost 9000 people.
Key Worlds players such as Boeing, Safran, Daher, Airbus, Dassault Aviation and EADS Aviation have already joined the Moroccan aeronautical platform. The Canadian manufacturer Bombardier invested $200 million on a manufacturing plant to build sub-assemblies that will create 850 jobs by 2020.
Given its geostrategic localization, competitive manufacturing and transportation costs, Morocco succeeded to attract investment and host the implementation of key world reference companies.
Furthermore, several government initiatives have been deployed to ensure the growth of the sector and increase the value within the Moroccan aeronautic ecosystem. Evidence of this, lies in The Midparc Casablanca Free zone which offers a number of tax and customs benefits for investors. Established in May 2011, The Moroccan Institute of Aeronautics (IMA) provided initial training for almost 1000 apprentices every year. The training center covers a wide range of activities, from electronics to engine and aircraft repair-maintenance. The objectives are to meet the industrialist’s demand for high-skilled labor particularly machinists and technicians.
Nevertheless, even though the Moroccan aeronautic sector’s growth looks rosy, the country is not the only one on the world stage. Many countries such as Tunisia, Vietnam or Malaysia are competing in the aeronautic subcontracting market as well. In order to establish itself as a heavyweight giant, Morocco needs to consider further efforts in terms of training and manufacturing complex plane components.
Overcoming these challenges will enable morocco to build entire aircrafts in the next 10 years.