Heavy goods vehicles and industrial bodywork sector is structured into an ecosystem

During a ceremony organised on Tuesday 28 July 2015 in Rabat, Mr Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy proceeded, with Mr Mr. Mamoune Bouhdoud, Minister delegate in charge of small businesses and the integration of the informal sector to launch the heavy goods vehicles and industrial bodywork ecosystem.

A performance contract aiming to support the deployment of the ecosystem was signed on this occasion by Mr Elalamy, Mr Mohammed Hassad, Minister of the Interior, Mr Mohammed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr Mohamed Najib Boulif, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics, for Transport and Mr Adil Zaidi, President of “Consortium of Heavy goods vehicles and bodywork” (GPLC).

Under the contract, the profession commits by 2020 to increase employment to 24,000 jobs and raise annual production to 34,500 units (against 6,000 in 2014), 30% of which will be intended for export. They also undertake to contribute with up to 8 billion dirhams to the GDP and achieve 6 billion dirhams turnover from export.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Elalamy emphasised the considerable potential that the sector holds for both local and export market, a potential which will be increased by an efficient and competitive ecosystem structure.

In this regard, Mr Minister further stated that the “heavy goods vehicles and industrial bodywork” ecosystem will encourage the local integration of the sector’s industries, as well as the emergence of leading investment projects on the national territory by developing an offer that combines regulatory dispositions and value chain competitiveness.

The ecosystem will also have a significant effect in terms of improving road safety (rejuvenation of the circulating fleet) and energy efficiency (reduction in mileage fuel consumption).

Mr. Elalamy, welcomed otherwise the work done in partnership with the GPLC (Consortium of Heavy goods vehicles and bodywork) for structuring the ecosystem which establishment and development will be accompanied by targeted assistance to the state.

- Promotion of investment (installation offers and production capacity extension);
- Supporting ecosystem locomotives (granting of bonuses);
- The gradual limitation of the age of circulating vehicles, which must be limited to 20 years by 2020;
- Optimization of the load in circulation (increase of maximum permissible gross laden weight and implementation of standard sizes);
- The increase of public procurement addressed to the sector;
- Easing the eligibility requirements for access to the fleet renewal grant and its generalization to any carrier with heavy vehicles whose age exceeds 15 years;
- The establishment of a semitrailer funding scheme in partnership with banking institutions (finance hire and long-term rental);
- Access to land (provision of 200 ha at an attractive price);
- Support for training.

Such aid will be granted in consideration of the above objectives that were set to the sector as part of the Industrial Acceleration Plan and that the profession is committed to achieve by 2020.

The heavy goods vehicles and bodywork sector has around one hundred companies generating a turnover of 12 billion dirhams, one billion of which is intended for export to Africa. The Consortium of Heavy goods vehicles and bodywork brings together about 80% of industry professionals including all international majors present in Morocco.

With the launching of the heavy goods vehicles and bodywork ecosystem, the industry is adopting for the first time a clear roadmap to accelerate its development. This is a perfect example of the inclusiveness of the new industrial strategy that aims to promote harmonious development of all sectors of the productive fabric.