Eaton electronics manufacturing plant in Morocco

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The construction of the Eaton electronics manufacturing plant in Morocco was completed and inaugurated in 2016. The plant, located in Casablanca, Morocco, has been set up on a plot of land that spans 13,587 square meters. The 10,100-square-foot facility cost an estimated US$12 million to construct.

The company employs approximately 300 people in Morocco with the intention to expand to close to 550. The Eaton facility in Casablanca serves as the pilot manufacturing site for energy storage battery packs and systems, supplying thousands of households and businesses across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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Eaton to set up electronics plant in Morocco

Morocco is set to be the first Northern African country to signal a significant foreign investment after Eaton, a multinational energy company headquartered in Ireland, broke ground to pave way for the construction of a US$12m electronics plant in Morocco’s chief port and industrial city, Casablanca.

Construction of the factory has already started. The factory will build circuit breakers and other telecom equipment, in a new industrial park near Casablanca’s airport.

“It is part of Morocco’s strategy to attract foreign investment and create manufacturing clusters to boost employment. Facing a jobless rate of nearly 10 percent—and double that for the young and educated” said Industry Minister Hafid Alamy, who was presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony.

Lacking the hydrocarbon resources of its neighbors, Morocco is increasingly looking to build its industry with foreign investors.

Frank Campbell, the president of Eaton’s electronics sector, cited Morocco’s proximity to European and African markets and stability in the midst of the pro-democracy Arab Spring uprisings across the region.

Morocco’s government is struggling to create new jobs in a country of 32 million people where traditionally most people worked in agriculture and it is focused on increasingly looking to build its industry with foreign investors.

The strategy has borne fruit with an announcement in September by Canadian aeronautics company Bombardier to build a US$200m factory in the same Casablanca industrial park, and a new Renault automotive factory in Tangiers.