DuPont has formed a joint venture with Morocco-based phosphate
producer OCP, under which the firms will provide safety and environmental training to companies
in Africa, officials said on Thursday.
The venture, which will also include consulting, will be
called DuPont OCP Operations Consulting. Each company will own
a 50% stake.
The joint venture combines the internationally-renowned
expertise of DuPont Sustainable Solutions with OCPs
world-class industrial experience and local market
The companies said they will provide consulting and
training services in the areas of employee and contractor
safety and training, process safety management, asset
productivity, energy efficiency, integrated operations, sustainability strategy and environmental management.
"This new partnership underscores the importance of
collaboration, said James R. Weigand, president of DuPont
Sustainable Solutions. In line with our market-driven
science strategy, this knowledge transfer will allow us to
combine the strengths of two leading companies to expand the
range of innovative safety, productivity and sustainability solutions available
to the market
DuPont formed the DuPont Sustainable Solutions offering in
2010 by combining its training and consulting units under
For its part, OCP noted that its ambition
encompasses a broader aim to advance local industries and
develop a more skilled workforce in Morocco.
"OCP has a strategic interest in ensuring that its industrial
ecosystem in Morocco becomes safer, more environmentally sustainable and more
productive, which will improve the competitiveness of the
country as a whole, allowing for more foreign investment and
overall improve economic growth," said Amar Drissi,
OCPs executive vice president of operations.