Twelve to be approved projects in the concrete industry highlights the relevance of construction materials in Morocco

Twelve projects supporting the industry of concrete in Morocco are under validation as part of the new ecosystem of building materials, which was signed in March 2016.

According to the report, the project will target the regions of Errachidia, as well as the central and eastern regions and the works involved in the projects,  will cover the sectors of prefabrication, steel, ceramic, marble, and cement and are expected to improve the different areas by the year 2020. The main objectives of the projects are to provide 28,000 new stable industrial jobs, including 16,000 direct industrial jobs; generate MAD10.1 million of additional turnover; create a supplementary value of MAD2.9 million for industrial; reach more than MAD4.8 million of positive outcomes on the trade balance, where MAD3.5 million will be derived from exports, and MAD1.3 million related to import substitution; and putting an investment of approximately MAD2.75 million in the sector.

Cement workers are working on a waste recovery project in the City of Casablanca. The objective is to accomplish the creation of a waste treatment line eventually and to become an exporter of RDF or waste-derived fuel. The city of Casablanca is the economic hub of Morocco, and the project will strengthen Casablanca’s position as a supplier of fuel in the international market. On the other hand, the ceramic sector did not get the desired results compared to the other sectors due to the large imports particularly from Spain according to APIC (Professional Association of the Ceramics Industry).

According to the President of the Federation of Building Materials Industries (FMC), formalization is substantial and demands capability. Furthermore, the activities are referred to be indispensable to the fruitful end of the execution contract and the progressive growth of the ecosystem. It will be necessary to wait until the Ministry of Industry and the Finance Ministry agree on the new formula allowing the FMC to be accompanied by a consulting firm or consultants who will be able to reinforce members of the Federation within the framework of the work of the operation unit. It was decided to recruit an experienced project manager who will coordinate with consultants with sharp profiles efficiently.

The plans submitted concern areas where no concrete industrialists are specializing in agglos, paving stones, beams and joists, and sidewalk edges. According to the FMC President, they are already carried out by existing Moroccan units who want to position themselves in the regions of Errachidia, the Central and the Oriental region. On average, a production unit of this type costs between MAD20 million and MAD30 million. As far as marble production is concerned, there are investment projects, but it is necessary to lay out the declarations on the quarries law first before its implementation.