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Bombardier plans Morocco landing

Published by Steve Coleman on November 17, 2011

High Canadian labour costs and a soaring dollar have Bombardier Inc. landing in Morocco.

The plane maker said Nov. 16 that it plans to spend $200 million over the next eight years on a new North African production facility building simple plane parts like floor sections and panels.

Adding Morocco to the mix will increase Bombardier's manufacturing presence to include Canada, the United States, Northern Ireland and Mexico. Bombardier has also started to increase its sales presence in new markets like China and India to help counter rough weather in the US and Europe.

The company expects to start production at the new Morocco plant in 2013 and says the decision to open the doors on the facility won't result in job losses elsewhere.

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