Following the footsteps of Boeing, Safran, Hexcel, Eaton, Alcoa, and Stelia, Pratt & Whitney (P&W), a Raytheon Technologies company, announced the establishment of an affiliate in Casablanca, Pratt & Whitney Maroc (PWM), dedicated to the manufacture of static and structural machined parts for several aircraft engine models.
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) said in a statement that this investment is essential to the company’s strategy, which is centered on developing cost-effective supply capabilities, improving competitiveness, and optimizing the company’s presence in the manufacturing sector, noting that Morocco was chosen following a global comparative analysis.
The statement noted that Morocco’s booming cluster of aerospace companies, business-friendly economic situation, and the availability of a skilled workforce tipped the scales in the Kingdom’s favor.
On this occasion, President of Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Canada, Maria Della Posta, stated that “Morocco offers many benefits for aerospace manufacturing,” adding that “the growing aerospace community in Casablanca ensures a highly valuable talent pool, a positive economic environment, and the support from Morocco’s government.”
Posta also added that “Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Maroc, as an independent affiliate, will create 200 jobs by 2030, and we look forward to joining the business community in Casablanca’s MidParc Free Zone.”
For his part, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Taoufiq Moucharraf, stated that Morocco’s aeronautical base is home to one of the major stakeholders in the global aeronautical industry, praising Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) choice of Morocco, which is a testament to the Kingdom’s competitiveness, the quality of its human capital, and the confidence it has built up among global players.
“This major project, which we fully support, will generate new collaboration and business opportunities, and is part of the ongoing efforts to develop Morocco’s aeronautical sector through the integration of a cutting-edge, innovative, and technologically demanding field,” stressed Moucharraf.
In a similar context, the representative of the Moroccan Ministry of Investment, Convergence, and Evaluation of Public Policies stated that Pratt & Whitney’s investment in Morocco will strengthen the Kingdom’s aerospace ecosystem through fostering innovation, research, and the development of new technologies.
“It will create job opportunities for our talented youth, foster knowledge transfer, and promote collaboration between local and international stakeholders,” concluded the Ministry’s representative.
The 12.075 square meters (m2) building will be built according to lean principles and the CORE methodology to promote efficiency and quality while reducing complexity and costs.
This investment is an essential part of the company’s ability to produce engines to meet strong demand while bringing Patt & Whitney (P&W) closer to its African customers and partners, enabling the company to support aerospace growth in the region. The facility’s construction will kick off in the fourth quarter of 2023, with its inauguration scheduled for 2025.