Renault says it is looking to increase its local supplier content in Morocco from its current 40% to 65% by 2023 as well as add up to a further 30 new component manufacturers to its partners in the kingdom.
The French manufacturer is declining to confirm a statement issued by the Moroccan industry ministry, claiming Renault and domestic suppliers will inject US$1.03bn into increasing local content, but the automaker does note it is looking for more component providers in the country.
"It [US$1.04bn] is a figure given by the Moroccan authorities and it concerns suppliers," a Renault spokeswoman told just-auto from Paris. "It is a global figure of suppliers in Morocco.
"It is not a figure given by Renault and Renault will not respond to this figure. It [current Moroccan domestic content] is an integration [rate] of 40% today and we would like to arrive at 65% by 2023.
"We envisage 20-30 more suppliers – doubling the number. We have no details, but for example it could be electric vehicles [based]."
The Moroccan Industry Ministry insists the agreement – inked in the presence of King Mohammed VI – will create 50,000 new jobs as a ramped up supply chain provides Renault's Tangiers and Casablanca factories with domestic automotive parts.
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"The new Renault project, which will total MAD10bn committed by Renault and its suppliers, will create 50,000 permanent, qualified jobs, tripling the number currently employed by the group, confirming the kingdom in its choice of developing human capital," said a Moroccan industry ministry statement.
The ministry also points to what it says are the "numerous attractions" of Morocco in persuading Renault to increase its domestic footprint, such as its stable political, social and economic environment.
"We don't have the names, but we have today 30 suppliers in place and [in] 2023, we envisage 20-30 more," added the Renault spokeswoman. "The goal is to have more local suppliers. The industry strategy of Renault is to really produce vehicles in markets where they are sold and at best competivity and at best integration with the most local suppliers possible."
The automaker added suppliers were clustered near to its Casablanca and Tangiers factories, with the latter a EUR600m project in tandem with the Moroccan government.
"The new Renault project in Morocco is a success, adding to numerous others in national industry," noted the industry ministry.
"It attests to the deepening of a strategic partnership of the quality woven in with Renault, which underlines its choice of Morocco today."