[ACCI-CAVIE] Pilatus Aircraft plans to take delivery of its first Moroccan-made PC-12 components late next year under an agreement with international aerospace structures specialist Sabca that is shifting some aerostructures work to a new factory in Casablanca.
In August Pilatus had signed an agreement with Sabca, which has a presence in Morocco in addition to Belgium, covering the manufacture of PC-12 fuselage, wings, and flight controls, including installation of electric wiring.
Sabca, which will deliver the components to Pilatus’s final assembly line in Stans, Switzerland, expects to hand over the first fuselage and wing structure produced in Casablanca by the end of 2022. It is investing more than 180 million dirhams ($19 million) in a new 16,000-sq-m (172,000-sq-ft) factory that will house the PC-12 aerostructure assembly line in the Nouaceur region. The plant should initially generate 100 new jobs, with the expectation that it will grow over time. Sabca is collaborating with the Institute of Aeronautical Trades on training resources for the PC-12 program.
Noting its background in metallic and composite aerostructures, Sabca CEO Thibauld Jongen had said the agreement “marks the beginning of the collaboration between Pilatus and Sabca” and added, “This selection by Pilatus underlines our know-how and the competitiveness of the region.”
Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Moroccan minister of industry, trade, and green and digital economy, meanwhile, had called the partnership a major step in furthering the aerospace ecosystem in Morocco.
By Kerry Lynch