- Counting a total 7,828 units operating, the industrial sector recorded good results in 2006 compared to 2005. The industrial GDP, which rose by 18% in 2005, registered a less important increase in 2006 (2%), while investment in the sector continued its expansion, with a high growth rate of 19%. Exports, for their part, saw little progress, growing only by two percentage points more than the previous year, standing at 8%. The added value also plunged from 18% to 2%.
|Sectors||number of companies||turnover||exports||production||investments||added |
|Food industry||2 001||-1||72 452||4||10 361||-1||64 025||3||2 807||-4||25 071||2||87 045|
|Textile and leather industry||1 772||-6||26 331||3||17 136||2||26 055||3||1 471||-5||9 557||-2||207 745|
|Chemical and Para-chemical industry||2 310||-2||103 979||14||18 181||6||96 447||15||9 032||70||22 312||-1||113 191||8|
|Mechanical and metallurgical industry||1 472||-4||33 422||10||3 813||31||30 405||12||1 239||-52||7 510||6||51 046||3|
|Electric and electronic industry||195||-3||17 021||25||10 507||36||16 205||27||1 019||46||4 135||14||36 913||13|
|Total||750||-3||253 205||10||59 997||9||233 135||10||15 567||19||68 585||1||495 941||3|
|Source: Ministry of Industry|
|2- Food processing industry|
With exports reaching USD 1.14 billion, the industry processes mainly meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, oils, milk products, cereals, flour and grits, beverages and tobacco.
The seafood sub-sector also benefits from Morocco’s 3,500km coastline which is know for its richness in terms of fish. Production capacity has been estimated by the FAO at nearly 1.5 million tons annually, and Morocco is considered the largest fish producer in Africa and the Arab world. This sub-sector generates up to 50% of processed food exports and 12% of total Moroccan exports.
|3- The Electrical and Electronics Industry (EEI)|
With 198 companies (3% of manufacturing industrial units), the electrical and electronic sector registered in 2005 a production of MAD 16 billion, an added value of MAD 68,6 billion. For the same year, exports exceeded MAD 10.5 DHS billion, while investments reached MAD 1 billion, 7% of investments carried out in the industrial sector across the country. As for employment, the sector contributes by about 7% to the general workforce active in the industrial sector, that is, more than 32,741 workers.
|4- Chemical and Para-chemical industry|
|5- Mechanical and metallic industry|
This sector’s performance in 2006 was less satisfactory relative to the precedent year.