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Morocco is to host the first automobile test centre on the African continent




The automobile test centre will be created in 2021 (photo UTAC CERAM/FEV Group)
The automobile test centre will be created in 2021 (photo UTAC CERAM/FEV Group)
MOROCCO. The independent private companies UTAC CERAM and FEV Group, partners of the automobile industry, are joining forces to create a joint venture which will open the first automobile test centre in Morocco, and even in Africa.


The first (580 employees and €82 million in sales in 2019), French company specialises in environmental development and validation tests, approvals, regulations, training, consulting, auditing and certification, technical control, standardisation and events.

The second (6,700 employees, 750 of whom are in France), German, is a global provider of vehicle and powertrain development and testing of innovative vehicle concepts through to series production.

The future automobile test centre will be established in Oued Zem (Khouribga province), in the centre of Morocco, 150 kilometres from Casablanca and 170 kilometres from Rabat. It will offer a complete range of services divided into several activities*. "The construction of this new centre is part of the group's development and growth strategy to meet the demands of its customers. Morocco was chosen because of its many advantages and the Kingdom's dynamic policy to turn its country into a global automotive hub. First of all, the favourable weather conditions which enable tests to be carried out in an optimal manner. Then, due to favourable local wage costs, UTAC CERAM will be able to benefit from a better competitiveness on certain types of services and thus complete its offer", comments Laurent Benoit, President of UTAC CERAM.

Around a hundred employees will be recruited over the next five years. They will benefit from a dedicated training programme.

 

Comprehensive services

Nadim Andraos (FEV Group) and Laurent Benoit (UTAC CERAM) seal their agreement for the construction of an automobile testing centre in Morocco (photo: UTAC CERAM/FEV Group)
Nadim Andraos (FEV Group) and Laurent Benoit (UTAC CERAM) seal their agreement for the construction of an automobile testing centre in Morocco (photo: UTAC CERAM/FEV Group)
Since the launch of its Industrial Acceleration Plan (PAI) in April 2014, Morocco has notably promoted investments in the automobile sector. "The Moroccan State, supported by the constructors and equipment manufacturers present in the country, has wished to develop an automobile test centre, this activity representing a major stage in the construction of its automobile sector", specifies a joint press release by the two groups.

"The FEV group has been established in Morocco for several years now and it seemed important to us to associate ourselves with a recognised partner such as UTAC CERAM to develop this new centre. This country offers an interesting influence with Europe and Spain in particular, which allows us to achieve real synergies", underlines Nadim Andraos, President France, Spain and North Africa of FEV Group.


* - Endurance and complete reliability tests on benches/tracks/roads
- Development and testing in vehicle dynamics
- Coast down trials (4 km long track, unique in Europe and Africa)
- Test benches for the development of powertrains (vehicles with propulsion systems)
electric, hybrid or conventional)
- 4x4 (- 20°C) roller dynamometers for calibration and homologation
- Acoustic development and testing
- Pedestrian impact development and testing
- RDE (Real Driving Emissions) rolling
- Automated and connected vehicle fleet testing
- Driver training, event services

 



Friday, December 4th 2020



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