MOROCCO – Sealynx Automotive Morocco, a subsidiary of French automotive company, Sealynx International (GMD group) has inaugurated a new production unit specialized in the manufacture of automotive gaskets in Tangier.

The new US$24 million production unit is spread over an area of 12,600 square meters and comes with the ambition of providing more than 180 direct jobs.

 Morocco’s Minister of Trade and Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy during the plant’s inaugration said that the plant comes to meet the “strong demand of the Moroccan automotive ecosystem whose performance is well established.”

Elalamy attended the inauguration ceremony along with the chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency, Fouad Brini, and the President of Sealynx International (GMD Group), Alain Martineau.

Elalamy in his speach touched on the potential of Morocco’s automotive sector, emphasizing that the industry is gaining strength.

“We are aware that car manufacturers need a significant local integration rate,” Elalamy said.

President of Sealynx International, Mr Martineau also commented on the inauguration of the fifth unit saying that the move“confirms the pioneering role of the group by being the first supplier of automotive gaskets in Morocco.”

He said that Sealynx automotive Morocco “benefits from the latest technologies developed by the international Sealynx waterproofing division with the expertise of the Tangiers teams.”

Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the CEO of the international company added that Morocco has established itself as a “land of development with qualified people ready to work.”

With the new plant, Morocco is strengthening its position as an automotive leader not only in Africa but also in the globe.

The automotive industry recorded the strongest job creation thanks to growing interest by car and airplane manufacturers to set up operations in the count.

The sector according to Morocco World News, created 116,611 jobs in the time period, representing 28.8 percent of all new jobs between 2014 and 2018.

Several international leading companies in the industry operate in Morocco including Renault and PSA.