Aeronautics: the sector ready for post-Covid-19 take-off

After a forced landing due to covid-19, the national aeronautical sector is spreading its wings to begin its post-covid19 takeoff. All the weather conditions seem to be in place for a successful flight.

A flight to a destination full of great promise where “well-filled” order books and job creation go hand in hand. This dashboard where all the signals are green was unveiled on Tuesday in Casablanca by the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour. For Mezzour, who spoke at the opening of the sixth edition of the “Aerospace Meetings Casablanca”. There is no doubt that the best is yet to come for the Moroccan aeronautical platform which continues to consolidate its position at the international level. The figures confirm this “formidable” take-off of the aeronautical industry in Morocco, with more than 140 companies currently operating in the sector.

The latter, which employs 20,000 people, has an export turnover of two billion dollars and has an integration rate of 40%, an average growth of 20% per year, i.e. 4 times more than the average. world and 5 times GDP growth. So many indicators that attest to the fine performance that Morocco intends to perpetuate. The Kingdom, considered as a destination with high growth potential, now wants to open up to new professions and integrate innovative technologies with high added value, thus confirming its strategic position on the world map of aeronautical construction.

This is the whole meaning of the signing of the various partnership agreements kicked off by Abdellatif Miraoui, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation. Partnerships concluded with universities and the Group of Moroccan Aeronautical and Space Industries (GIMAS), through its Innovation Cluster “Aerospace Moroccan Cluster”, with the aim of strengthening the positioning of the country’s aeronautical platform.

By focusing on innovation, research and development, this cluster supports the regional competitiveness of the sector by aiming for excellence and promoting a new dynamic of growth based on the creation of value, and its international reach as a generating segment of wealth and expertise, in a country that produces technologies and innovations.

Note also the inauguration of a new factory by the AD industrie Group and the extension project launched by Hexcel Corporation. Two major events that demonstrate the rise in skills of the sector, which manufactures more composite materials, one of the key elements in the decarbonization of the sector.

Assembly of structural elements, cabling-connectors, aeronautical boilermaking, electricity, electronics, engineering-studies, aircraft and engine maintenance, precision mechanics-machining, aeronautical molding, chemicals… (see complete list in infographic page), fabric National aerospace industry has never been so diverse.

In addition, the minister announced a change of course in terms of human capital, aiming to prepare 100,000 “white collar” workers in the next four years, intended for the aeronautical and automotive sectors.

After a first phase marked by the training of “blue collars” who made the success of the Moroccan industrial platform, the emphasis is now on the creation of skilled jobs, given the skill level of young Moroccans and their aspirations. professionals, he said. Satisfied with the rate of integration of the sector, the boss of Gimas, Karim Cheikh, is delighted with the discussions with the management of Airbus, which have confirmed the increase in rates at high rates, he rejoices. “We have a strong desire to find, even exceed the pre-Covid figures”, underlined Cheikh, recalling that the sector had achieved a turnover of two billion dollars, with a local integration rate of 42%. .

Organized by the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Investments and Exports (AMDIE) in partnership with the Grouping of Moroccan Aeronautical and Spatial Industries (GIMAS) and Advanced Business Event (ABE), the “Aerospace Meetings Casablanca” brings together, until March 17, all operators in the sector established in Morocco and international contractors and equipment manufacturers. The event, which is positioned as an international business convention, aims to bring together the various players in the aeronautical supply chain, from manufacturers to equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

Once again this year, it has enabled aeronautical manufacturers, Moroccans and foreigners, to develop business relations, via pre-scheduled meetings and to explore opportunities for collaboration. The event, in which more than 400 people took part, was marked by the participation of more than 200 companies (including 75 Moroccan), representing 19 countries. A presence that reinforces the positioning of the Kingdom as an attractive and competitive industrial hub for manufacturers, investors and international contractors.

Khadim Mbaye / ECO Inspirations

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