JV pushes the lines of MRO expertise in Morocco

A joint venture, Maintenance Aero Maroc (MAM), has been formed by a strategic partnership between Morocco, Lockheed Martin and the Orizio Group, formerly Blueberry.

Picture: MAM

Partnership: Celebrating the new joint venture in Morocco. Picture: MAM

The industrial partnership is designed to support the requirements of the Royal Moroccan Air Force while fostering Orizio's international development.

MAM will build a maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) centre for military aircraft and helicopters at Benslimane airport, bringing high-tech jobs to the country and enhancing technical capabilities in Morocco.

It is the first achievement under a new law enabling Morocco to develop an indigenous military and defence industry .

The partnership is another milestone for the Belgian group, which changed its name from Blueberry this year. It has been operating in Morocco since 2012 through its subsidiary Sabca Morocco.

Stéphane Burton, Orizio chief executive, said it will leverage the group's combined know-how and expertise on the Lockheed Martin C-130 and F-16 and world-class service to extend its MRO network in the region.

Danya Trent, Lockheed Martin vice-president, F-16 Programme, said: “The significant cooperation is the result of several years of evaluation and discussion that will ensure the Kingdom of Morocco receives the best possible industrial facility, equipment, training and certification."

Last year, Pilatus and Orizio Group company Sabca signed a contract for the assembly of PC-12 fuselage and wing structures at its new facility in Casablanca. 

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha Deenapanray

Anuradha is a francophone editor for African and Arabian Aerospace magazines.