Light at End of Tunnel for Trains ‘Made in Morocco’
Moroccan rail industry operators (GIFER), in partnership with the Industry Ministry, are mulling a program to turn the rail industry sector to a driver of growth following the example of the car industry.
The aim is to promote innovation and research that will eventually lead to promoting trains made in Morocco, La Vie Eco, daily paper said in a recent report.
The Cherifian Company of Industrial and Railway Equipment (SCIF), largely owned by Ynna Holding, with a total turnover of 350 million dirhams, has launched the GIFER initiative bringing together some thirty rail industry operators with a view to reinvigorating the sector.
The GIFER was created to help emerge a genuine Moroccan rail industry through improving integration of all suppliers within Morocco, which currently stands at a rate of 75%.
Sixty percent of passenger cars of Morocco’s railway operator (ONCF) are supplied by SCIF, a wagon manufacturer established in 1946.
The SCIF has developed sustainable partnerships with international leaders. This strategic guideline aims mainly to locally manufacture passenger rail equipment, integrate new services and significantly reduce costs in support of contractors programs and to boost the company’s competitiveness in Africa.
The company operates in the areas of Manufacturing railway rolling stock, renovating passenger cars, manufacturing storage tanks for gas and liquids, on-site assembly of steel structures, piping and tanks, in addition to pressure vessels and conveyers.
As a developer of the Moroccan know-how in terms of equipment and railway rolling stock, the SCIF is a major operator in the field with a national and international reference portfolio. The company builds its success on leading industrial units and high value-added expertise. Its continuing integration of new technologies enables it to offer a wide range of solutions and customized services and positions the SCIF as a strategic partner for major contractors in Morocco and abroad.