Aptiv officially launched, this Saturday, its activities within its new production plant in Oujda, which becomes the 7th production site and 10th activity site of the Aptiv group in Morocco. An inauguration that strengthens the kingdom’s place in the regional dynamics of the Aptiv group, indicates the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in a statement. This factory will eventually house more than 3,000 direct jobs and assemble electrical wire harnesses for one of the world’s largest automakers, it adds.
Located in the Oujda Free Zone on 8 hectares of land, adjacent to the airport, the construction of the plant required an investment of 394 million dirhams. It has been designed to be “eco-friendly”, in line with Aptiv’s commitment to Zero Carbon by 2040. The manufacturing materials and equipment (insulating panels, solar panels, etc.) will reduce the resulting water consumption and electricity. This plant is the first automotive industry to establish itself in the eastern region with the aim of boosting economic and industrial activity in the region. Started on 24 January 2022, the construction site was completed in March 2023, in full compliance with the timescales set out in the Investment Agreement.
“Today’s inauguration is part of the royal initiative for the development of the eastern region. It is a first-of-its-kind project in the automotive sector that reflects the region’s ability to attract world leaders and paves the way for new investments that will create wealth and jobs for young people,” said Ryad Mezzour, Minister of the Industry and Commerce, quoted from the press release.
“The realization of this project in our region demonstrates the trust that Aptiv Group places in Morocco and in Moroccan talents, thanks in particular to the commitment of our 17,000 employees who work daily to promote the quality and competitiveness of Made in Morocco”, he declared Mohammed Filali, general manager of Aptiv Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Portugal, during the inauguration of the plant.
In Morocco, Aptiv opened its first production site in 1999, in Tangier, and has continued to develop ever since. Its business has 7 factories, 1 satellite, 1 logistics hub and 1 development center, distributed between Tangier, Kenitra, Meknes and Oujda.