Siemens Gamesa, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wind turbines, is officially closing its doors in Morocco. A decision which “is part of the Mistral strategic program aimed at accelerating the recovery of the company and designed to rationalize and simplify the organization, while improving its effectiveness and efficiency”, explains the Siemens Gamesa group in a official statement.
Inaugurated in October 2017 for the manufacture of 63-meter-long wind turbine blades, the Tangier plant, with an investment of 1.1 billion dirhams and 37,500 m2, is closing due to significant financial pressures suffered by the global energy industry. wind power, “suffering from intense competition, price pressures and exponentially rising raw material and logistics costs”.
Moreover, according to the Group, this closure follows the adjustment measures that the company has taken in recent years in Denmark, India, Spain and the United States, and it reflects similar consolidations of the industrial footprint. taken across the industry.
For the 500 employees at the plant, Siemens Gamesa reassures and notes that it will support employees throughout the separation process, working towards a collective bargaining agreement in accordance with local rules and regulations, exploring possibilities for internal relocation and helping them find jobs outside. “This is a very difficult decision to make, as we fully understand the impact on our workers and the community. Unfortunately, in the current market conditions, we have no choice but to take such tough measures to improve our competitiveness and restore the company to a more stable footing,” laments the CEO of the group. “We will do our best during the separation process to support our colleagues during this transition and minimize the impact,” he adds.
Siemens Gamesa announces, moreover, that it will maintain its activities in its regional headquarters in Casablanca and on other sites in Morocco, where it will continue to serve the important Moroccan and African markets.
For his part, Lars Bondo Krogsgaard, the general manager of Siemens Gamesa Morocco, promises that the company will continue to deliver its projects and honor its obligations by remaining committed to society and all Moroccan stakeholders in order to “support the ambitious objectives of the government in terms of renewable energy, which are exemplary for the entire Middle East and Africa region”.