French independent group Utac Ceram, which carries out technical tests required for the approval of vehicles and their equipment, will open a test center in Morocco, according to French business daily leséchos.fr.
An agreement will be signed shortly with Moroccan authorities on this center to be operational by mid-2021, added the French news outlet.
The center will test the vehicles’ endurance, reliability …, said Laurent Benoit, CEO of Utac Ceram, which hopes to attract auto-makers operating in Morocco, such as PSA and other manufacturers.
With its 500 engineers and technicians, the French group offers services in all areas of land mobility: regulation and homologation, testing and technical expertise (environment, safety, endurance, reliability), certification, events and driver training.
The company has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, China and Japan.
Morocco’s automotive industry is growing at a rapid pace due to incentives and competitive factors attracting more and more investors and car parts makers.
These factors include Morocco’s proximity to the European market, modern infrastructures, free trade zones, qualified manpower, open economy and stability.