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DMG MORI building Africa’s first machine tool factory

DMG MORI, a manufacturing technology company with 12,000 employees in 87 countries and $2 billion in annual sales revenues, is building what it says is “Africa’s first machine tool factory” in Cairo, Egypt.

The decision was formally made at a meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. In the presence of Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly, the company’s chairman, Christian Thönes, and AOI President Lt Gen Abdel Moneam Al Tarras signed the “pioneering cooperation agreement”.

Christian Thönes, chairman of DMG MORI Aktiengesellschaft, says:“Egypt is the door to Africa – a continent full of potential and high demand for future technologies.

“With our Smart Factory, we are accelerating the industrialization of this country, create new future-proof jobs and offer attractive educational opportunities.”

Together with its long-standing partner Arab Organization for Industrialization, DMG MORI is investing in an approximately 20,000 sq m, highly automated and fully digitized production plant for turning and milling machines.

The cutting-edge production shows the full potential of holistic technology solutions: flexible automation, end-to-end digitization, state-of-the-art flow assembly with AGV transport systems (automated guided vehicles).

Production is aligned to an annual capacity of over 1,000 machines. The DMG MORI GEMAS (German Egyptian Manufacturing Solutions) joint venture will be built on a total area of around 60,000 sq m – near Cairo Airport. The Grand Opening is planned for autumn 2023.

High-precision machine tools from DMG MORI are a guarantee for progress and are at the beginning of global value chains. A strong manufacturing industry is key to a competitive economy, the enabler of numerous technologies and the basis for over 40 industries such as aerospace, railway, energy as well as automotive, die and mold.

Future technologies can only be utilized optimally with well-qualified employees. DMG MORI offers particularly young people good prospects with targeted training and further education programs for industrial manufacturing. For this reason, DMG MORI Academy will offer state-of-the-art CNC training in the new production plant.

DMG MORI is also planning a major training offensive at Egyptian schools and universities to prepare the predominantly young, motivated population – 60 percent of Egyptians are under the age of 30 – for a modern working world.

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