Sept 11, 2017: Thales inaugurated its industrial Competence Centre in Casablanca, Morocco which specialises in metal additive manufacturing, also known as metal 3D printing. This plant will become a platform allowing the international requirements of the company and its customers to be met.
This industrial Competence Centre forms part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014 to 2020, supported by the Kingdom of Morocco, which supports the growth of a modern ecosystem involving Thales and its local suppliers, including the creation of a high-tech industrial competence centre.
Pierre Prigent, Thales country director in Morocco commented, "With an existing aerospace ecosystem of subcontractors, Morocco has everything needed to become Thales' global centre of expertise in 3D printing. The use of a secure digital platform provides the industrial Competence Centre with the latest innovations in terms of connected industry and smart plants, and will improve the competitiveness of the solutions offered to our customers."
Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Commercial and Digital Economy said, “Thales is bringing state-of-the-art technology and a high added value profession to Morocco: it is a genuine source of pride for us to deliver this leap forward to the country’s industrial sector. This new project is proof that the Moroccan is achieving a diametric shift in its industrial sector, which is driving the creation of highly specialized jobs in the country.”
Thales has a long-standing partnership with Morocco. The company opened its local office in Rabat in 2006 and is active in Morocco in defence, aerospace, transportation and security.