Rabat (© 2020 Afriquinfos) – The French companies Utac Ceram (which specializes in services in all areas of land mobility) and German FEV, which works in vehicle development, have announced that a joint venture company will be created in Africa. An announcement made on Thursday 03 December that formalizes both partners’ desire to open a first car test center in Morocco. The first in Africa.
The choice of Morocco is not fortunate and joins the Moroccan province’s desire to develop an automotive test center, a major step in building a dynamic automotive industry. Morocco has shown this desire since 2014 in its Industrial Acceleration Plan (PAI). By choosing the Shereefian kingdom, both groups bring water to their mill.
In a joint press release sent to MAP, the French group Utac Ceram and Germany’s FEV Group announced that the center will be opened in Oued Zem, an area located 150 kilometers from Casablanca in 2021. “The construction of this new center is integrated. in the Group’s development and growth strategy, to meet the requirements of its customers. The choice of Morocco was set because of its many benefits and the dynamic, UK-led policy to make this country the world’s automotive hub, ”said Utac Ceram President Laurent Benoit.
For his part, Nadim Andraos, President, France, Spain and North Africa of FEV Group explained why it was the choice of Morocco. “The FEV group has been established in Morocco for many years now, and it seemed important to us to join a recognized partner like Utac Ceram to develop this new center. This country offers an interesting influence with Europe and Spain in particular, which allows us to achieve real synergies, ”he said.
Revolutionizing the industrial attitude to the automobile in Africa
The opening of this center will provide 100 jobs in Morocco within 5 years and will offer services such as endurance tests, reliability and vehicle ground connections. For this, a 4 km track will be built, a unique achievement in Europe and Africa. Ultimately, the expected result should be “a stronger impact on engineering development and R&D in Africa and especially in Morocco”, as announced by both partners. In addition, Morocco’s geographical position, close to Europe, is a vital asset for international players.
Utac Ceram is present in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Russia and China with more than 580 employees worldwide. In 2019, its turnover was 82 million euros. Its test laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited and its marriage to the German group FEV, headquartered in Aachen, Germany, will strengthen its global power. Because the FEV group is one of the leading providers of vehicle and powertrain development in the world. He is in the fields of mechanics, electronics and software.