Did Bombardier give up its activities in Morocco or not? This is the question answered by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Monday at a press conference, the purpose of which was to clarify the situation of the group in the Kingdom.
Established in Casablanca since 2014, the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier recently announced the sale of its aerostructures business in Morocco, when presenting the financial results for the first quarter of 2019.
Bombardier has decided to pull out the Belfast business (3,500 employees) and the Morocco business (400 people) and to put them in a tender to be able to have subcontractors, to give them its factories and to concentrate on the construction of their business jets, the Minister said: “The decision that was made by Bombardier is to sell the C series, the 100-seat plane that was sold to Air Bus in order to refocus on business aviation”. However, another ministry project with Bombardier is under development. “We were developing another project with Bombardier, whose details I can not divulge, but which will materialize in a few days,” announces Moulay Hafid Elalamy.
A call for tenders is in progress, which brings together a list of top internationals. Bombardier has selected major aerospace subcontracting companies, including the Airbus and Spirit leaders who will be candidates. “I remember that several subcontractors are more interesting than bombardier, and in 3 weeks, in principle, we will know the new owners,” says the minister.
This exit from the Minister of Industry comes just days after the announcement by Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier where President and Chief Executive Officer Alain Bellemare said: “This is the next good step in our transformation . The consolidation of aerospace activities will simplify our structure and make it more focused on our flagship brands: Global, Challenger, Learjet and CRJ. It will also enable us to better support our clients and generate more value for our shareholders.” Bombardier will continue to divest its aerostructures activities in Belfast and Morocco, the statement said, citing “tremendous activities with huge capabilities”.