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Safran supports the Moroccan government's drive to make the country a center of excellence in aviation and a competitive production base with links to Europe.
Safran has operated in Morocco since 1999, when it created Safran Aircraft Engine Services Maroc, a joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and the national flag carrier Royal Air Maroc that specializes in support services for aircraft engines. Located at the Casablanca international airport, this company is now the leading maintenance provider in Africa for the CFM56, the world's best-selling aircraft engine.
MATIS Aerospace, the joint company between Safran Electrical & Power and Boeing, has been producing wiring harnesses since 2001. Located in Nouasseur, near the Casablanca international airport, the company supplies some 150,000 wiring assemblies each year to airframers such as Boeing, Airbus and Dassault, as well as wiring harnesses for the LEAP, CFM56 and GE90 engines. This plant received five Silver Awards from Boeing, each time ranking second among the aircraft manufacturer's best suppliers, in the "Production and Design" category. It has also been awarded a Health, Safety and Environment Gold Level certificate from Safran, and a Supply Chain Gold Level certificate from Safran Electrical & Power.
With 1,500 employees, Safran Electrical & Power Maroc is Morocco's largest aerospace plant. Opened in 2004 in Rabat-Ain Atiq, this center of excellence manufactures wiring harnesses for Airbus aircraft and for helicopters. It is also one the biggest plant in the world operating in this business.
Safran Nacelles has set up a plant in Nouasseur, specialized in the production of composite materials and nacelle assembly. This is the first plant in Morocco to make composite parts for aircraft. Created in 2005 and operating since February 2006, this plant supplies 8 aerospace programs.
Since 2015, the Nouasseur Safran Electronics & Defense plant has been producing electro-mechanical equipment for aiframers such as Boeing, Boeing, Honeywell, Agusta. The plant makes actuators, avionic calculators, measurement systems and revolving machines. With an autonomous supply chain and a strong growth, the Nouasseur plant now aims at creating a local network of partners.
Created in 2009, the Safran Aerosystems subsidiary located in the Tiflet area handles activities such as installing, tuning and testing electronic and mechanical equipment used for fuel systems. The company also hass engineering teams based in Technopolis, near Rabat.
Since 2005, Safran Engineering Services Maroc has been providing engineering services to other Safran companies, such as Safran Aircraft Engines and Safran Nacelles.
Created in 2014, Safran Maroc gathers finance, human resources, security and purchasing teams working for all of the Safran plants located in Morocco and for the Group's central directorates.
Safran's extensive business in the country has fostered the emergence of an extended and powerful supply chain. Safran applies a policy designed to attract suppliers located near its facilities, helping to speed up the response time of its Moroccan production organization.
Committed to training
Safran works with the Moroccan government, industry and universities to support a proactive training policy in the aerospace trades.
In particular, Safran played a lead role in setting up a partnership with Morocco, the UIMM (Union des Industries et Métiers de la Métallurgie) metallurgy trade association and GIMAS (Groupement des Industries Marocaines Aéronautiques et Spatiales), the Moroccan aerospace industry association, to create a Casablanca-based Aerospace Jobs Training Institute, IMA (Institut de Formation aux Métiers de l'Aéronautique). This training center provides a value-added apprenticeship program to train young people in aerospace trades, and thus support the development of a local aerospace industry.
Safran has also set up partnerships with local universities and engineering schools, including the Université Euro-Méditérranéenne de Fès, Université Al Akhawayn d'Ifran and the Ecole d'Electricité et Mécanique de Casablanca. The aim is to develop innovative training programs that address the emerging needs of local industry, and also provide a path for young technicians to earn engineering degrees.
Driving local innovation
Safran has made a commitment to the Moroccan government to support the development of the country's research activities. Safran Nacelles and Safran Aerosystems signed agreements with the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research (MASciR), between 2009 and 2011, to develop research and innovation. In 2014, the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education, the Académie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques and Safran signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of research & technology in the country, based on a system to fund research at universities. The aim of this initiative is to help create programs leading to doctorates in disciplines related to aerospace, while also meeting Safran's production and R&T needs in key areas such as composite materials and associated manufacturing processes, mechanical engineering, mathematics and onboard systems.