Sweden's leading truck and car maker Scania has begun building a new branch in Tangiers, in northern Morocco.
Occupying 4,500 square meters, the site is part of the group's policy to expand its activity in Morocco, where it already has branches in Casablanca and Agadir.
The new branch, which will be operational next January, is located at a strategic area, near Tangiers international airport and the offshore business area.
Scania truck users will no longer have to go to Casablanca or Agadir to buy or repair vehicles. The company said the new $1 million facility will have four workshops, an exhibition stand and a service area. The company will hire 100 employees and bring in high technology products and services. Scania has license holders in other Moroccan cities - Nador, Barchid and Marrakesh.
"Scania's policy here is to consolidate its presence through the expansion of its distribution network," said Serge Habib, Scania director general for Morocco.
Scania employs 25,000 people in six production sites and 10 assembly plants in various countries including Morocco.
The company had a turnover of $5.6 billion in 1999. Morocco's Scania branch turnover was $23.3 million last year, representing 284 trucks, buses, and cars. –(Albawaba-MEBG)
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