Aabar Investments PJSC, an Abu Dhabi government-backed investor, said it will work with MAN Ferrostaal AG, Daimler AG and three other German manufacturers to develop vehicle and engine factories in Algeria.


The group plans to assemble as many as 10,000 cars and trucks a year as Algeria builds its industrial base. MAN Ferrostaal will lead the group, which includes Deutz AG, MTU Aero Engines Holding AG and Rheinmetall AG, Aabar said.


Some of the companies will provide licenses and intellectual property to the venture. Assembly is expected to start in 2010 after the completion of plants in Tiaret, Ain Smara and Oued Hamimine.


Aabar bought a 9.1% stake in Daimler in March, making it the the carmaker’s biggest shareholder. Aabar’s largest stakeholder, the Abu Dhabi government-owned International Petroleum Investment Co., owns 70% of MAN Ferrostaal.