India-based auto component manufacturer Motherson last week inaugurated this new facility in the Tanger Med free zone development in Tangier. A company release said new facility is a part of Motherson’s Modules and Polymer Products division and will produce interior modules and components like instrument panels and door panels for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles. The facility replaces and doubles the size of the company’s existing Tétouan site established in 2010. “The improved proximity to the customer will help in saving transportation costs and the expanded capacity will allow Motherson to provide more employment and growth opportunities in Tangier,” the company stated. “Morocco is a very strategic location for Motherson due its proximity to Europe and the Middle East,” said V.C. Sehgal, the company chairman. “We highly appreciate the continuous support of the Moroccan government and Tanger Med teams to accelerate investment in Tangier. We are committed to continuing our efforts to support the automotive sector in this region to enable it to reach its full potential.”
Vancouver, B.C.-based fuel cell power company Ballard Power Systems in late September announced a “local for local” strategy that calls for deepening its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, the United States and China to support global market demand growth through 2030. “As part of this strategy, Ballard has entered into an investment agreement with the Government of Anting in Shanghai’s Jiading District to establish its new China headquarters, membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing facility and R&D center at a site strategically located at the Jiading Hydrogen Port, located in one of China’s leading automotive industry clusters,” the company stated. In addition to production capacity for 13 million MEAs (which will supply approximately 20,000 engines), the facility will also include space to assemble approximately 600 engines annually to support the production and sale of Ballard engines in the rail, marine, off-road and stationary markets in China, as well as for certain export markets, Ballard said. The move follows completion of the company’s MEA manufacturing expansion in Canada last year. “This investment is expected to reduce MEA manufacturing costs, align with China’s fuel cell value chain localization policy, and position Ballard more strongly in the hydrogen fuel cell demonstration cluster regions and for the post-subsidy market,” Ballard said. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Anting, Jiading District, which has quickly become a key hydrogen technology hub in China,” said Alfred Wong, Ballard China CEO.