At more than two million square kilometres in extension, Algeria is the largest country in Africa and the ninth most populous. The city of ‘Ighil Izane’, the Arabic name for Relizane, lies to the north-west, built on ancient Roman, Phoenician and Turkish remains. In some of the fields where cereal crops, grapes and cotton used to be harvested, today cars are being assembled that get distributed all over the country. The local population is heavily involved in this change: “With the arrival of the plant the entire region has been energised and jobs are being created. The locals are highly motivated”, says Salvador Soler, the Quality director at SOVAC in Algeria. This is how the plant operates which has assembled the SEAT Ibiza number 15,000 in the country:
A factory located in north-western Algeria churns out 120 vehicles daily.
Algeria has become the country where SEAT deliveries have increased the most compared to the first quarter of 2017 and stands out as the fifth largest market by volume.