After the success of the Tangier (2000) and Kenitra (2011) plants, the Japanese manufacturer of car wire harnesses has opened a new factory in Meknes. The inauguration took place on March 15th 2016, and was attended by Industry Minister, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Yazaki Europe president and CEO Horst Rudolph and President of the Meknes-Fez region, Mohand Laenser.
Located in the Agropolis industrial zone and with an investment of 192 million MAD, the new plant covers 56,000m2 of which 30,000m2 is covered.
The Yazaki group is already a significant employer in Morocco (10,000 existing employees), but with this new plant the company anticipates the creation of 2,700 more jobs by the end of the year.
The current workforce is made up of 70% women. ‘We recruit more women because the nature of the job requires incredible precision and patience,’ explains El Mastafa Khaledi, the human resources and general services manager at Yazaki.
The new factory will also be home to a training centre recognised by the National Ministry of Education.
The Japanese group decided on the location of the Meknes-Fez region for several reasons. First and foremost was its strategic location, however the presence of higher education institutes like Al Akhawayn University, the Moulay Ismail University and ENSAM (the National Higher Education Institute for the Arts and Crafts) was also a deciding factor.
Wiring destined exclusively for Renault
Yazaki currently supplies four car manufacturers from its Tangier plant (Peugeot, Nissan, Ford and Renault), and two from the Kenitra facility (Jaguar and Land Rover). The Meknes factory will produce electrical wiring solely for Spanish and French assembly plants of the car manufacturer Renault.
Source : Infomédiaire