Nexteer Automotive implante sa 25e usine à Kenitra

Nexteer Automotive, équipementier mondial spécialiste des systèmes de direction et de transmission, vient d’annoncer l’inauguration fin mars prochain de son premier site de production africain au Maroc, précisément à Kenitra. Selon l’équipementier, cette expansion stratégique garantira l’amélioration de l’efficacité opérationnelle et une meilleure réactivité face au client, PSA en l’occurrence.

Dans un premier temps, l’usine étalée sur 18.000 m² assurera l’accueil et la production de systèmes de direction assistée sur pignon (SPES pour Single Pinion-assist Electric power Steering). cette usine sera la première pour la multinationale en Afrique et la 25e dans le monde. Lorsque la fabrication sera bien lancée en 2019, elle sera étendue à celle des transmissions. Dans ce sens, plus de 500 employés pourraient composer l’effectif d’ici à 2020 annonce l’équipementier..

Rappelons que Nexteer Automotive a signé, en juillet 2017, un mémorandum d’entente avec le gouvernement en vue de son installation à Kénitra. Cette étape a été suivie par celle de la signature, en décembre dernier, de l’accord officiel devant le Souverain.

Depuis, l’équipementier a créé le siège de sa filiale marocaine à Atlantic Free Zone et l’a dotée d’un capital de près de 7,7 millions d’euros. Comptant plus de 13.000 salariés dans le monde, Nexteer Automotive se présente comme leader des systèmes de contrôle intuitif des mouvements. La société dessert plus de 50 clients à travers le monde dont BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, le Groupe PSA, Toyota et VW, ainsi que des constructeurs automobiles indiens et chinois.

Nexteer automotive announces new production facility in Morocco

A Strategic Footprint Expansion to Drive Operating Efficiencies and Enhance Customer Responsiveness

Nexteer Automotive announces a new production facility in Kenitra, Morocco. Initially, Nexteer will use the facility for manufacturing Single Pinion-assist Electric Power Steering (SPEPS) systems and plans to extend manufacturing to driveline products in the future.

The new 18,000 m2 facility will be the company’s first in Africa and is scheduled for a ground-breaking ceremony in late March 2018. Once the facility begins production in 2019, it will be counted as Nexteer’s 25th plant in its global manufacturing footprint.

Nexteer strategically continues to expand its global manufacturing capabilities and align itself with its customers’ targeted regions. Consequently, Nexteer drives greater efficiencies, responsiveness and strengthens relationships with its global OEM customers.

Nexteer representatives signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Moroccan Government to confirm its investment plans in July 2017. This was followed by the signing of the official agreement by His Majesty King Mohammed VI as well as Moroccan government officials and Nexteer Automotive representatives on December 11, 2017 in Casablanca, Morocco.

“Nexteer’s key differentiators include our global manufacturing footprint and our in-house capabilities in producing high-quality, safety-critical steering and driveline systems. By establishing a new facility in Morocco, we are strategically aligned with our global customers’ needs. This location will also allow us to expand our geographic operations’ reach in both Africa and Europe,” said Hervé Boyer, vice-president and chief operating officer Europe and South America Division at Nexteer.

“We are appreciative of the Moroccan authorities’ cooperative approach and their plans for infrastructure development,” Boyer continued.

About NEXTEER

Nexteer Automotive – A Leader in Intuitive Motion Control – is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business delivering electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving technologies for original equipment manufacturers. The company’s global workforce of over 13,000 serves more than 50 customers in every major region of the world. The company has 24 manufacturing plants, three technical centers and 14 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive’s customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota and VW, as well as automakers in India and China. www.nexteer.com