Aeronautics: U.S. Collins Aerospace to set up supply hub in Morocco
U.S. Collins Aerospace firm, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corp., will enhance its presence in Morocco by setting up a regional supply platform in the North African Kingdom wherein the aeronautic industry is thriving.
The announcement was made Monday at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022, one of the world’s biggest aerospace events, taking place on 18-22 July in Hampshire, United Kingdom.
An agreement on supply hub project to be installed in Morocco was inked by Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour and Vice Pdt. of the American company Kristopher Pinnow.
The Collins ecosystem to be deployed in Morocco will include a network of suppliers of aircraft manufacturers. The project is expected to create 800 jobs and generate $1 billion turnover by 2032.
The new industrial platform is the culmination of a successful strategic partnership, said the Moroccan minister, noting that the project reflects Morocco’s ability to adapt to the global crisis and confirms its attractiveness and international competitiveness, focusing on value chains and new high-tech trade.
Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. It is present in Morocco since 2012. Its Casablanca facility conducts final assembly and testing for commercial aircraft cockpit and cabin equipment, including sidesticks, throttles and rudder controls.
In 2019, the U.S. company expanded the size of its Casablanca plant by 40 percent to support the production of rudder controls for the A320neo family as well as the future assembly of Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Actuators for the 777X—two new programs Collins Aerospace was selected for in recent years.
As Collins Aerospace’s sole facility in Northern Africa, the Casablanca site is critical to the company’s strategy to grow its footprint in the Middle East and Africa.