Vehicle workshops overcome the pandemic and invoice 21% more than in 2020




Just as the manufacture and sale of vehicles has suffered in the last year due to the consequences of Covid-19 and the crisis due to lack of components, the vehicle repair workshop sector has presented a positive balance in its 2021 accounts.

According to figures published on Tuesday by the
Spanish Federation of Professional Automotive Entrepreneurs (Conepa)
, the results are very close to pre-pandemic levels, closing last year with a volume of income of nearly 12,300 million euros in Spain, which means an increase of 21% in comparison with 2020.

However, if compared to 2019, the last year before the outbreak of Covid-19, the turnover of national workshops last year was 2.7% below the 2019 data, improving Conepa’s estimates, which anticipated a decline of between 3% and 4%.

The organization highlighted that the income recorded in 2021 “reports a significant change in trend from the month of April«, after a first quarter with a drop in turnover of 12% compared to 2019 and marked Filomena and restrictions on mobility.

Thus, the General Secretary of Conepa, Victor Rivera, pointed out that the 2.7% drop in revenue compared to 2019 “is not only good objective news, but also a source of confidence for companies in the sector to positively face their future and the necessary investments that a sector undergoing profound technological change”.

Employment has been stable

From the federation of workshops they assure that the level of employment in the repair and maintenance sector of vehicles has remained stable in recent years, reaching a volume of around 151,000 workers.

In addition, Conepa highlighted, in turn, the evolution of the fast mechanics areas in the workshop sector during 2021 and talso electromechanics in general, above the bodywork, “although this also improves its behavior in terms of demand for services”.

Looking ahead to 2022, the sector will face the challenges of loss of profitability in companies, due to the increase in the price of spare parts and other supplies, as well as pressure from large customers.

Other challenges for workshops will be the “times” in the evolution towards the new mobility and the need for investment, as well as the qualification of professionals and the uncertainty due to the evolution of the economy in the coming years.

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