Ford Expands Operations in North Africa

Being one of the Detroit Big Three, Ford Motor Company is an automaker with manufacturing facilities and offices found in all four corners of the world. After the Blue Oval’s Valencia stronghold in Spain announced that it currently manufactures six models, Ford Morocco is following suit with supplies.
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On this occasion, FoMoCo is expanding its operations in North Africa through a new purchasing office in Tangier and a new sales office in Casablanca. The American manufacturer will have to double the amount of parts it purchases from North African-based suppliers due to the Valencia plant's output.

A statement from FoMoCo informs that the automotive supplier network in North Africa will supply parts to the automaker’s assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, among other operations. A single factory in Spain that aims to build 400,000 cars this year (and 450,000 in 2016) needs to be suitably supplied to keep the assembly line rolling at full throttle.

“In order to support our production expansion just across the Mediterranean in Valencia, the amount of parts Ford sources in Morocco and North Africa will increase exponentially,” explains Kalyana Sivagnanam, the director of Ford Middle East and North Africa.

“This translates into thousands of indirect jobs and millions of dollars in investments.” Truth be told, Morocco is a great place for the automotive sector. Renault has two factories there, in Casablanca and Tangier.

Ford’s presence is Morocco is taken care of by Auto Hall, a distributor that’s been selling Blue Oval-badged vehicles since 1911. Ford incorporated Auto Hall in 1920, and the company is doing better than ever.
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