ALSTOM has confirmed plans to construct a second manufacturing facility in Morocco.

The new facility in Fez will manufacture driving cabs for regional and metro trains, and is expected to create 200 direct jobs up to 2025. The French manufacturer will invest Dirhams 160m ($US 16.4m) in the new plant.

The new facility will add to Alstom’s existing Fez site, which produces electrical wiring and Mitrac transformers, and employs 850 people, 56% of whom are women.

Alstom has invested Dirhams 320m to grow its industrial production facilities in Morocco since 2019. The company added a second production line at Fez in 2021. In total, the company employs 950 people in Morocco.

“Thanks to the transfer of unique technology from our international sites we will be able to create a Moroccan rail centre with world-class expertise,” says Mr Mama Sougoufara, managing director of Alstom’s Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (Menat) region. “We are an established local player and we have confidence in the future of Morocco.”