Boeing certification: an achievement for Shimco and Morocco

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Aeropuerto de Marrakech - PHOTO/ATALAYAR
Marrakech Airport - PHOTO/ATALAYAR

The designation of Morocco as the site for a Boeing parts and components production plant is one of the first consequences of the visit of the Moroccan Minister of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, Mohcine Jazouli, last week.

Obtaining the certificate for the construction of aerospace parts in Morocco for Shimco is a milestone for the company. The facilities, the development of the aerospace industry, the country's geographical position and the current tax benefits, governed by the Investment Charter, were key to Shimco CEO Peter Voss' decision. As reported by MoroccoWorldNews, the announcement also coincides with the agreement signed two months ago with Midparc to provide facilities for Shimco in the Nouaceur free zone in Casablanca.  

Avión de la aerolínea Royal Air Maroc - PHOTO/FILE
Royal Air Maroc airline aircraft - PHOTO/FILE

Why is the BMS7-355 licence so sought after?

Receiving the licence is synonymous with a job well done. Any self-respecting company in the sector has among its main objectives to obtain this licence. This certification is an essential requirement for companies wishing to supply parts to Boeing to meet the quality and safety standards set by the aerospace company. 

With this certification, Shimco joins Boeing's list of certified products, which means it can supply parts to Boeing without additional testing. This could benefit Shimco by reducing costs and increasing production efficiency. Among the components they will manufacture are products made of rolled metals and composites. 

The BMS7-335 certification is therefore a significant achievement for Shimco, as it demonstrates that the company meets the quality and safety standards set by Boeing and can supply parts to Boeing without additional testing. Other companies that have recently succeeded in joining the list are: Safran, UTC Aerospace System and Honeywell Aerospace. 

What does Morocco gain from this decision?

Boeing's licence could attract more foreign investors to Morocco, which could create jobs and boost economic growth. This is because Boeing certification is an indicator of the quality and reliability of aircraft parts production, which could increase foreign investors' confidence in the Moroccan economy. 

Boeing certification could boost the aerospace industry, which could create jobs and stimulate economic growth. The aviation industry is a growth industry with the potential to create jobs and business opportunities in the country. Obtaining a licence from Boeing could enhance Morocco's international image as a country capable of producing high-quality aviation parts. 

This can increase foreign investors' confidence in the country's economy and create opportunities for international cooperation and business. Boeing certification can create opportunities for international cooperation with other countries and companies, which in turn can create jobs and stimulate economic growth. 

International cooperation can create trade and development opportunities for Moroccan companies, as well as increase confidence in the country's economy. Obtaining a Boeing licence may require investments in infrastructure, such as manufacturing, transportation and logistics facilities, which can improve the quality of life for people. Infrastructure is essential for economic growth and can create jobs and business opportunities for a country. 

Cabina de pilotaje de un avión Boeing modelo 777 - 300 ER - <a  data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Depositphotos</a>
Cockpit of a Boeing model 777 - 300 ER aircraft manufactured in Morocco - Depositphotos

Morocco: an investment haven

Strategic investment in the industry is part of Morocco's broader effort to attract foreign investment and position itself as a key player in the global aviation market. Government support has played an important role in this development. 

The North African country has implemented numerous initiatives and incentives to attract foreign investors. A key aspect of the strategy is to develop a skilled workforce that is adapted to the needs of the aviation and aerospace industry. 

Fábrica de aviones del modelo Boeing 777 en Everett, Estados Unidos - <a  data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Depositphotos</a>
Boeing 777 aircraft factory in Everett, USA - Depositphotos

By the end of 2023, aviation exports had reached 21 million dollars. The aviation ecosystem includes around 142 companies. It generates around 2 billion dollars in export revenues and employs 17,000 people. 

About 40% of the workforce is female, the highest rate of female participation in the labour force. Although the pandemic caused a 29% drop in aviation activity in 2020, Morocco's performance was significantly better than the 50% drop globally. Employment losses in this sector are limited to 10% (about 1,500 jobs), compared to a global average of 40%.