SEWS-MAROC Ain Aouda
In Ain Aouda plant, which is located near Rabat, the capital of Morocco, about 90% of the employees are women.
We conduct thorough training and quality control to supply products that meet the needs of customers in Europe.
Ain Aouda plant was established near Rabat, the capital of Morocco, in 2009. Our main customers are European and Japanese car manufacturers including Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen and UK Nissan. Our plant places emphasis on product quality, welfare benefits and human resource development. In the past, I was involved in the launch of factories of the Sumitomo Wiring Systems Group in Poland, Slovakia and Romania. As in the plants in Slovakia and Romania, the plants in Morocco also adopt the plant management approach of SWS actively. Moroccan employees are trying to absorb various cultures and customs to improve their life. In that sense, I think they are open to the Japanese work style. All of our employees are learning the principle of safety first and the “three types of management”＊ properly through training.
Thanks to support programs tailored to the lifestyle of female workers, 100% of the employees return to work after childbirth.
The ratio of female employees is especially high in this plant. Staff stability leads to a stable workplace as well as stable production activities. Thus, I try to listen to the opinions of female employees. Along with statutory maternity leave for three months, we approve additional leave if they apply for it. In Morocco, women should avoid using public transportation at night in particular. It is therefore crucial to provide transportation means for them, and the plant operates bus services for transportation to and from the neighborhoods of their houses. Female workers can have one hour of breast-feeding time each day with pay for one year after childbirth. Thanks to these initiatives, nearly 100% of the female employees who have taken maternity leave in our plant return to work after the leave.
I have learned that the principle of safety first is also necessary for protecting myself.
I joined the company in November 2011. It is the first company I worked for after graduating from high school. I was raised in a town near Ain Aouda, and had wanted to work for this company because it had a very good reputation. I thank the company for the welfare program to provide transportation means. Training in the company is also very helpful. I think the principle of safety first is also necessary for protecting myself. As a Moroccan, I am proud that I can work for a company of the Sumitomo Electric Group.