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Egypt has its own license plate manufacturing plant

Egyptian number plates are now manufactured in Egypt (photo: F.Dubessy)
Egyptian number plates are now manufactured in Egypt (photo: F.Dubessy)
EGYPT. An agreement between the AOI (Arab Organisation for Industrialisation, one of the largest industrial companies in Egypt) and the German company Tönnjes enables Egypt to have a number plate factory managed as a joint venture by the two partners. The process began in November 2019, during the "Compact with Africa" conference in Berlin, with a first cooperation agreement.

This Cairo site is in charge of manufacturing the country's number plates for all types of vehicles, i.e. between three and four million units each year. They are delivered to the authorities who hand them over to the owners.

"Instead of just exporting, we are investing in local joint ventures and developing the market there with our local partners," comments Markus Müller, managing director of Tönnjes in a press release published on Monday 13 October 2020. "The pandemic illustrates the benefits of this strategy in particular. Companies can still act and are largely independent, even if supply chains collapse", he continues. According to the text, with this plant, "the State is now becoming less dependent on imports and it opens the way to new steps towards digitisation".

The AOI foresees the creation of about 60 jobs in this new factory, which will benefit from the most modern technologies, including the Tönnjes IDeROBOTs automated stamping system also used in Italy, Dubai and the Philippines. "A crucial part of production and customisation is thus automated, which guarantees greater efficiency and less material loss," says the German company based in Delmenhorst (Lower Saxony).

Frédéric Dubessy

Wednesday, October 14th 2020

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