Aeronautics: Spirit Aerosystems Expanding Casablanca Bombardier Plant
American company Spirit Aerosystems, which has purchased the bombardier plant in Casablanca, is expanding its Moroccan factory from 10,000 m² to 25,000 m² and increasing its workforce from 350 to 850 employees.
The announcement was made Monday following a meeting held in Rabat between minister of industry & trade Moulay Hafid Elalamy, and senior leaders of Spirit Aerosystems, Sam Marnick and Scott McLarty, respectively Executive VP and Senior VP of the US manufacturer and supplier of aerostructures.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to set up a joint team to build an ecosystem in Morocco including new aeronautical activities integrating the skilled local workforce.
In October 2019, Spirit announced its acquisition of Bombardier’s aerostructures activities and aftermarket services operations in Belfast, Casablanca, and its aerostructures maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Dallas.
Spirit Aerosystems is one of the world’s largest tier-one manufacturers and suppliers of aerostructures. It was founded in 2005 as a spin-out of aerospace company Boeing. It has more than 15,000 employees worldwide with operations in the UK, Malaysia, France and the US.
About 12,000 of its workers are based at the company’s headquarters in Wichita.