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Aeronautic Industry in Morocco

Par MATIC, le 1 Janvier 2009

Sector description

As of 2006, The Moroccan aeronautic industry is made up of 50 companies, with 5000 jobs and a turnover of 250 millions euros. The globalization and growth of the aeronautic and space industry support the emergence of manufacturing centers in diverse locations. Morocco expects to double its current value of products by 2010 from 2006 levels.

Potential and Advantages

The major success of the aviation industry (Aeropole in Casablanca called the “Aeronautic City” and Tangiers Free Zone [TFZ], at Casablanca Nouacer) is based on four conditions: competitively priced qualified labor, the availability of qualified subcontractors, close proximity of factories and suppliers, and availability of local investment capital.
The growth of the aeronautics industry relies on a highly professional and qualified supply chain of local subcontractors who have achieved certifications from international organizations.

Structure of the market

Some aircraft parts companies in Morocco:

- Studies and surveys: Teuchos, Mechanics and tooling : SERMP, Creuzet, Atlas Production, Dion Composites: EADS Maroc Aviation, ASI, Aircelle, DL Aerotechnologie, MS Composite Assembly: EADS Maroc Aviation, ASI, Aircelle, DL Aérotecnologie, Distribution of chemical products : Gaches Chimie
- Surface treatment: Sefcam Wiring and connection: EADS Maroc Aviation, Souriau, Matis, Labinal Sheet metal and boiler making : Sefcam, Indraéro, Electricity and electronics: Matis, OB Electronique, Crouzet,

- Microspire Maintenance of civil aircraft: Royal Air Maroc, Aérotechnique Industrie Maintenance of military aircrafts and helicopter : EADS Maroc Aviation, the FRA specialised workshops Engine maintenance : SMES Aeronautic training: Casa Aéro, RAM, FRA (pilotes), AIMA- Mohamed VI

- International Academy of Civil Aviation (aeronautics engineers, and electronic technicians), ONDA ( on / off ground technicians , aeronautics controllers)  

General Advantages: Government support

The Moroccan government, through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Economic Upgrading, is strongly involved in the development of automobile and aircraft parts manufacturing (Emergence Plan). The sector is eligible for Hassan II funds, which contribute financing for land acquisition and building construction (50% of the land cost, 30% of the construction cost; this subsidy is 100% if it is claimed for the land acquisition only).

Morocco’s proactive business climate is energized by its 16 Regional Investment Centers (RICs), which serve as “one-stop shopping centers” for foreign businesses wanting to enter the Moroccan market. RICs are located in major cities throughout the country and are linked by an electronic commerce system -- called the “E-Government Cyber Network” -- to key government ministries. Trained staff at each RIC assists new businesses in the preparation of license applications and other documents. With the support of a RIC, a start-up business can be fully licensed and up and running within two days.   

Various trade agreements (EU, USA, Turkey, Arab countries, others) provide a wide range of export opportunities.

Mots clés : aeronautic, industry, morocco