Tangier - Renault-Nissan Tangiers inaugurated on Tuesday its second production line in the Moroccan northern city, which will increase the site's output capacity to 340,000 vehicles a year, starting in 2014 to become Africa's largest car-making plant.
The new line required an investment of 400 million Euros and will produce Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway, two leading models in the Dacia range.
The ceremony was chaired by Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, Abdelkader Amara, in the presence of Jacques Prost, Managing Director of the Renault Morocco group, and a number of key figures in politics and economics.
This achievement, the result of a public-private partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Renault group, enhances the international reputation of the "Made in Morocco" label.
"Today’s ceremony is extremely important to us. It illustrates Renault’s willingness to meet its commitments and Moroccan Authorities’ ambition to develop the automotive industry in Morocco", said the Managing Director of the Renault Morocco group.
Some 1,400 people have been recruited for the needs of the new line, raising the plant’s total workforce to 5,000.
Morocco’s Institute for Training Automotive Industry Professionals, IFMIA, a powerful tool for the development of human resources, is pursuing its development strategy to hone the skills of the plant’s new recruits and existing staff.
Inaugurated on February 9, 2012 by HM King Mohammed VI and in the presence of Carlos Ghosn, President of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Tangier plant got off to a strong start and day by day has successfully developed its expertise and met its objectives.
The Renault-Nissan Tangier plant is a limited company owned 52.4% by the Renault group and 47.6% by Moroccan Caisse de Dépôts et de Gestion (CDG). The site has two production lines (including stamping, paint, sub-assembly and assembly) and covers an area of 300 hectares.