The absence of Condor, a minority stakeholder in the Peugeot Citroën Algérie Production (PCPA) project, does not jeopardize the completion of the PCA plant in Oran, said Samir Harfan, the SAP director in the region of Africa and the Middle East, yesterday. on the question of whether the closure of Mr Abderrahman Benhamadi, head of the Condor industrial group, compromises the Peugeot project in Algeria.
The Algerian market is a historic market for Peugeot and is fully loaded with Algeria. Yves Peirot De Gahons, zone director for the Maghreb region (MGG) and former director of Peugeot Algeria, said that, at the same time, completing construction work on the PSA plant in western Algeria "was a priority". To Mr Samir Harfan, "We are closely monitoring the situation in Algeria, and the PSA is at the forefront of this industrial project," he said, before adding, in connection with the PCA project in Algeria, "we adopt a proactive approach. and we are working closely with the Algerian authorities, including the Ministry of Industry and Mines, "he said. Also, Yves Peirot de Gahons, this proactive approach reflects the vision and "long-term commitment of the manufacturer holding the lap that is the Algerian car market for Peugeot car groups."
The Oran plant will be able to introduce Citroën, Opel and DS brands in the range of vehicles to be assembled in the future, he said. The Oran plant, whose production capacity is estimated at 50,000 units a year, will start operating next March by assembling Peugeot models. The new 208 is expected to be among the first models proposed, according to the same manager.
Returning to the latest Algerian government decisions that slowed down the activity of the automotive industry, such as lowering import quotas for CKD / SKD kits, Yves Pieter de Gahons said the group was in line with government demands.
It meets specifications in the development of the assembly process to achieve a 15% integration rate in the first phase, with the prospect of 40% required after five years.