Pilatus has just signed a contract with Sabca Maroc for the assembly of the PC-12 aerostructures. This is an investment of DH 180 million in a 16,000 m2 factory in Nouaceur.
A new investment has just been made in the aviation industry in Morocco after a very difficult 2020 due to the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, reports L’Economiste in its September 1 publication. We learn that the Swiss company Pilatus and the Belgian Sabca Maroc signed a contract on August 30 for the complete assembly of the aerostructures of the PC-12 aircraft in Casablanca. The newspaper says the contract marks the start of a new long-term partnership between Pilatus and Sabca and is a milestone that takes advantage of the aerospace ecosystem in Morocco.
In detail, the first wing fuselage assembled in Sabca’s new industrial unit in Casablanca will be ready for delivery to the final assembly line in Stans, Switzerland, by the end of 2022. “The contract provides for the assembly of the fuselage, wings and flight controls including electrical wiring installation. Sabca will deliver these major aircraft components to the final assembly line in Switzerland where they will be integrated with other aircraft systems, engine and aircraft cabin interior, “says L’Economiste. He added that this contract constitutes a welcome move upmarket for the Moroccan aeronautics industry, especially in this context of a pandemic.
Sabca will supply its components to the final assembly line at the plant in Stans, Switzerland, for integration with the other components of the aircraft, including the engine and cabin interior. We also learn that the management of Pilatus and Sabca paid a visit to the Institute of Aeronautical Trades (IMA) to check the establishment’s capacity to provide sufficient human resources and meet the skills criteria of the various levels. framing.
“This agreement will certainly help to strengthen the Moroccan aerospace perspective and further accelerate the sustained growth experienced by the national aeronautics sector, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, to maintain its position as a top quality production platform and to promote skills improvement through the development of new highly technological activities ”, declared Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry.