Alstom has announced it will invest EUR 10.5 million in Morocco to build a new production line and develop capability in country to manufacture on board transformers.
It will be the second production line at Alstom’s facility in Fez, which currently produces harnesses and electrical cabinets for rail and take up about 13,000 m2 of the facility and will be operational in 2023.
The Fez plant will have a production capacity of up to 200 on board transformers per year. The transformers produced in Morocco will be installed on rolling stock in the Petit-Quevilly facility in France, Alstom’s centre of excellence for transformers.
The production activities in Morocco will be supported by experts back in the Petit-Quevilly facility, which will also be in charge of technology transfer. The new facility will have ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification.
“This new investment demonstrates Alstom’s commitment to strengthening its ties with Morocco and grow its industrial activity in the kingdom. Alstom’s relationship with Morocco goes back a hundred years and we will continue to contribute to the development of Morocco’s rail infrastructure for many more years to come,” Nourddine Rhalmi, managing director of Alstom Morocco said.
In 2020, Alstom has opened a 34,200 square-meter facility in Fez equipped with 20 km of electrical cables, 120 solar panels.
With over 500 employees in Morocco, Alstom has been responsible for some major projects in the country, including the installation of signalling and the delivery of 190 Citadis X02 trams to the cities of Rabat (66 light rail vehicles) and Casablanca (124 light rail vehicles), 12 Avelia Euroduplex trains for the high – speed rail link between Tangier and Casablanca, and 77 Prima locomotives providing optimised solutions for freight, passenger and combined transport services.
In November 2021, the government of Morocco has announced the investment plans to modernise the rail sector which includes rail infrastructure projects and the implementation of a structural reform of the sector.