Alstom new site in Fez is the latest manufacturing plant the French manufacturer has opened on October 14, 2020.
The Moroccan Minister of Industry, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the President of Regional Council of Fez-Meknes, Mohand Laenser, and the Governor of Prefecture Fez-Meknes, Essaid Zniber, held an official visit to the new site seen as a new industrial step that offers to the city the reconnection with its famous industrial past.
“This investment will bring a new life into the ex-COTEF industrial zone, which will be catalyst for the revival of regional economic activity. Thanks to the increase Alstom’s production capacity, new jobs will be created, offering to the local skills the opportunity to asset themselves and contribute to the development of the region. This new investment bodes well for the Alstom group in Morocco,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the Ministry of Industry, said.
All 400 employees have moved from the old premises to the new site, which is now operational and located in Fez, Morocco.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the site was completed on time and the new facility is now ready to meet the growing needs of customers. The construction of this new industrial site is a remarkable achievement thanks to the commitment of the team, with the new plant taking less than a year to fully equip.
The new site covers a surface of 34,200 square-meter providing its employees with a comfortable and safer working environment while making a positive impact. The plant is equipped with 20 km of electrical cables, 120 solar panels and 1,700 m2 of windows. A volume of 102 tonnes of steel was used for the new plant.
“The new site in Fez is proof of Alstom’s industrial expansion in Morocco. Its contemporary design, fully oriented towards the future, will allow the city to become a part of a new positive memory for a future that we already know is promising. The construction of the new plant is a perfect illustration of our strategy to design and develop localized ecosystems which bring enormous benefits for both the industry and community,” Nourddine Rhalmi, President of Alstom Transport Morocco said.
In the future, Alstom new site in Fez is committed to increase the pool of local talent and to further engage and support the socio-economic development of the region.
To date, Alstom Fez site has contributed to more than 20 global rail projects and it will increase the productive capacity of electrical cabinets and harnesses for railway applications and electrical wiring which are installed on Alstom’s rolling stock, delivering across the world.
With more than 500 employees in Morocco, Alstom has completed a number of key projects, including the delivery of Citadis trams to the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, 12 Avelia Euroduplex trains for the high-speed line that will link Tangier to Casablanca and 50 Prima locomotives providing the best solutions for freight, passenger and mixed transport services.