Rabat, Morocco — Ford Motor Company is expanding its presence in North Africa with a new Moroccan sales office and plans to double the amount of parts purchased in the North African kingdom.

The expansion of Ford’s presence in Morocco is the latest boost to the country’s automotive industry which has increased substantially in the last few years with investments by companies like Renault.

Ford is expanding its factory in Valencia, Spain, and will double the amount of wiring, steering wheels and seat covers purchased from Moroccan suppliers, said Ford director of the Middle East and North Africa, Kalyana Sivaganam on Tuesday.

In addition to car parts, Morocco makes more than 200,000 automobiles a year, mainly from a Renault plant in Tangiers.

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