The Chinese GWM takes advantage to take over the Nissan plant in Barcelona


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The Chinese automotive company Great Wall Motor Company Limited (GWM) takes advantage of the Nissan plant in Barcelona, ​​which the Japanese multinational will abandon at the end of the year. The reindustrialization table created to explore industrial alternatives at the closing of Nissan has agreed today to give preference to the GWM proposal, while the projects of QEV Technologies – a company that leads the electromobility hub project that includes several firms – and the company Silence, dedicated to the manufacture of electric motorcycles, also pass the cut, although as complementary options.

The Belgian multinational Punch, which had presented a project to continue manufacturing Navara vans but converting diesel engines to be able to be hydrogen fueled, is ruled out.

The table, which has the technical advice of KPMG, is made up of a representation of the workers, the Public Administrations and the management of Nissan, has held a new meeting today to decide the future of the three plants in Nissa, in the Zona Franca, Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu de la Barca.

During the month of October, the commission will establish with the aforementioned companies the bases of the negotiation framework, which must be closed at the end of the month. “It is working seriously and agreed within the planned schedule. There are industrial projects and future options for Nissan plants. We are optimistic “, said the Secretary General for Industry and SMEs of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Raül Blanco.

For her part, the General Director of Industry of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Natàlia Mas, has valued “positively” the work of the table, which has been “intense but discreet, to guarantee the industrial future of Nissan and the best employment options for your staff ”. In this sense, Mas explained that “today a new phase begins by opening preferential negotiation with GWM and seeking to complement it with the hub and Silence projects, without ruling out any of the other projects on the table ”.

“Nissan is totally open to this negotiation with a single objective: to achieve the reindustrialization of the plants of Nissan in Barcelona. We are convinced that we can find beneficial solutions for all parties ”, said Frank Torres, executive regional vice president of Business Transformation and relations with the Alliance for the AMIEO region and responsible for Nissan’s Industrial Operations in Spain.

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