18 February 2022

Concepts and Talents for the Smart Factory


  • CCoA presenting smart manufacturing concepts of Germany’s technology leader Siemens at a business event with EMSI in Casablanca 
  • International manufacturers working on Industry 4.0 projects with talents from Moroccan universities


The Competence Center on Automation (CCoA) is intensifying its commitment to industrial development and the creation of modern and future-proof jobs. The network, which is supported by leading production technology companies from Germany, is now inviting participants to its next conference: In a cooperation with the École Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur (EMSI) in Casablanca, industry giant Siemens will present on March 4, 2022, how suppliers and small companies can also organize production more smartly and thus survive in international competition. 


HDR-Dr. Mohamed Tabaa, the Director of Research and Development at the EMSI in Casablanca, will present modern production technology as a crucial lever for the competitiveness of companies. Bart Demaegdt of Siemens will present smart technology as the key to keeping pace with increasingly complex industrial requirements. Practical examples from Siemens and an insight into virtual learning labs will round off the event. The event is free, and registration is available through the CCoA website. 


With the seminar at EMSI, the CCoA continues its 2022 event series. Already in 2021, a total of around 50  participants from Morocco took part in the mainly virtual events of the Competence Center for Automation. The conferences are organized by Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, a company associated with the world’s leading technology event, Hannover Messe.

“We are very happy that for spring and summer we can finally continue our series on innovation also with face-to-face events in Morocco,”

says Reinhold Umminger, Director International of the Technology Academy, referring to the CCoA’s agenda of several knowledge-based seminars, but also corporate networking events.  


The CCoA can also point to remarkable success in another area. Over the winter break, it succeeded in attracting more than 15 companies from Germany to assign innovative development projects on Industry 4.0 to talents from Moroccan universities. Among the companies thus betting on Morocco’s potential are not only large companies. 


“We are very pleased that we have also been able to attract leading medium-sized companies to examine the opportunities for R&D in Morocco and to tap into them in initial projects,” says Dr. Ardin Djalali of Steinbeis University and head of the CCoA. “This has enabled us to expand our training activities and open up real prospects for future-proof employment, despite difficult conditions.” 


Djalali is particularly pleased that the projects now being discussed with universities in Morocco also involve graduates of the train-the-trainer courses that the CCoA trained last year on state-of-the-art learning equipment for its own teaching on Industry 4.0. In Morocco, CCoA project manager Kaoutar Najad is currently busy coordinating the delivery of innovative learning technology to universities and companies as well as the implementation of the R&D projects.