US firm PPG Industries, which specializes in building materials, announced the start-up of its new factory in Tangier which will produce automotive sealants for local vehicle production. “The unit, which is PPG’s first automotive coatings production plant in Africa, will initially supply materials for Renault group’s Dacia brand vehicles which are produced in Tangier and Casablanca,” said the industrial group in a press release.
“The start-up of this facility is an important step in the local sourcing of original equipment manufacturers in Morocco,” said Roald Johannsen, PPG vice president, in charge of automotive coatings for Europe, Middle-East and Africa. “The country is already one of the largest and fastest growing vehicle producers in Africa. Vehicle production is expected to increase significantly, with two more production facilities expected to be added by 2030,” he said.
The PPG plant in Tangier will produce sealants that will allow greater flexibility in the design and manufacture of vehicles, the statement said. The company is also evaluating the local production of additional technologies of adhesives, sealants and coatings to supply automakers who are expanding their production in Morocco, it continues. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers and expanding into growing regions,” added Roald Johannsen.
The PPG press release recalls that automotive production in Morocco has grown from 100,000 vehicles in 2000 to around 400,000 in 2019, and is expected to reach 700,000 by 2023.