DuPont forms African venture with Morocco's OCP on safety, sustainability

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 OCP’s world-class industrial experience and local market knowledge.

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 one business.

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, OCP’s executive vice president of operations.

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