Renault will produce the Symbol in Algeria from November 2014 image

The Renault Algérie Production just announced that construction work on a factory in south-west Oran in Algeria has started. The plant will roll out the new Renault Symbol (based on Dacia Logan II) from December of 2014.

The Algerian Ministry sponsors the project for Industrial Development and the joint venture is owned 51% by the Algerian partners and 49% by Renault. Initially, the plant would have a capacity of 25, 000 units per year and provide direct job opportunities for 350 people. This capacity can be expanded to 75, 000 units when there is a need for it.

Bernard Sonilhac, CEO of the joint-venture Renault Algérie Production: “We are proud, within the Renault Algérie Production joint-venture, to be contributing to the development of the automotive industry in Algeria through this project. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our team and our partners for their efforts and commitment in making this launch a success.”

The National Employment Agency (ANEM) is reported to have started recruitment and the selected candidates would be trained by Renault experts at the Oran CPFA training center on how to operate machines and build cars. Also, Renault says suppliers would be locally “sub-contracted.”