Pratt & Whitney to launch new subsidiary and production site in Morocco
Pratt & Whitney is launching Pratt & Whitney Maroc to run a new production site in Casablanca, Morocco, the company revealed at the Paris Air Show 2023.
This new subsidiary will manufacture static and structural machine parts for its engines.
Maria Della Posta, president, Pratt & Whitney Canada said that the new site in Morocco was to its growing hub of aerospace companies, cost of business and skilled, available talent.
“Morocco offers many benefits for aerospace manufacturing,” said Della Posta. “The growing aerospace community in Casablanca ensures a highly valuable talent pool, a positive economic environment and the support from Morocco’s government.”
Della Posta added that the investment is vital in producing engines to meet strong demand and brings Pratt & Whitney closer to its African customer base and partners.
Pratt & Whitney Maroc will act as an independent affiliate Casablanca’s MidParc Free Zone and will create around 200 jobs by 2030, according to Della Posta. The MidParc Free Zone specifically caters for the aeronautics and space industries, offering a corporate tax rate of 15%.
“Pratt and Whitney’s investment in Morocco will strengthen our aerospace ecosystem by fostering innovation, research, and the development of new technologies,” said a spokesperson for the Moroccan Ministry of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies. “It will create job opportunities for our talented youth, foster knowledge transfer and promote collaboration between local and international stakeholders.”
The new facility will cover 130,000sqft, with construction to begin in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year. The business is set to be fully operational by 2025.