L-R: Youssef Jroundi, Commercial director ONDA; Didier Katzenmayer, Director Industrial Affairs Airbus; Hamid Benbrahim el Andaloussi, Président d'Honneur du GIMAS; Jean-François Chanut, General Manager Propeller Systems, Collins Aerospace; Afaf Saidi, a representative of the Moroccan Department of Industry; Karim Cheikh, President of GIMAS; Douglas E.Kelly, Sr Director for Strategy in Morocco, Boeing
Site expansion supports production of rudder controls for the Airbus A320neo and Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Actuators for the Boeing 777X
Creates 60 new jobs and opportunities for collaboration with local suppliers
CASABLANCA, Morocco (Oct. 31, 2019) – At a recent ceremony with Madame Afaf Saidi, a representative of the Moroccan Department of Industry, Collins Aerospace Systems laid the first stone for the expansion of its site in Casablanca. Expected to be complete by spring 2020, the extension will increase the site’s size by 40 percent and is anticipated to create 60 new jobs. Collins Aerospace is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Established in 2012, the Casablanca facility conducts final assembly and testing for commercial aircraft cockpit and cabin equipment, including sidesticks, throttles and rudder controls. The site expansion will support the production of rudder controls for the A320neo family as well as the future assembly of Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Actuators for the 777X—two new programs Collins Aerospace was selected for in recent years.
As Collins Aerospace’s sole facility in Northern Africa, the expansion of the Casablanca site is also critical to the company’s strategy to grow its footprint in the Middle East and Africa.
“The employees in Casablanca are playing a key role in redefining aerospace by executing on innovative programs for our biggest customers,” said Jean-Francois Chanut, general manager, Propeller Systems for Collins Aerospace. “We’re also eager to make new connections with suppliers in the region to strengthen Morocco’s reputation as a key player in the global aviation ecosystem.”
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.
About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.