The automotive sector tries to resume activity, but Emmanuel Macron’s announcement to confine France until May 11, is detrimental.
The automotive sector has doubts about when will be the restart date of the activity in the Spanish plants. The only thing that is clear is that suppliers should begin to gradually return to production first. Hence the first major multinational to return was Michelin. The French tire manufacturer began activity on Monday at its Valladolid and Aranda de Duero, and the R&D center of Almeria. Today is the turn of the centers of Vitoria and Lasarte (Guipuzcoa), since Monday was a holiday in the Basque Country.
Michelin’s idea is “to produce whenever we have enough raw materials and with orders”. It intends to resume activity gradually and prioritizes meeting the demand for tires for trucks, emergency vehicles, tractors and passenger cars.
As for the car factories, PSA Group, the largest vehicle producer with its three plants Vigo, Figueruelas (Zaragoza) and Villaverde (Madrid) values the possibility of starting gradually from Monday April 20, just as it studies Renault with the unions in their factories Valladolid, Palencia and Seville. Everything indicates that the plant could restart this week. Valladolid Engines, but always at a slow pace and gradually.
For his part, Ford Almussafes It will not restart production before April 27, a date also agreed by Volkswagen Navarra as a possible return to vehicle manufacturing. Initially, Landaben planned to return to activity on the 20th with a shift and manufacturing 500 cars a day, a date that has now been delayed by a week.
Seat, April 27?
The 27th is the minimum date that Seat Martorell also contemplates for the restart of automobile production. This does not mean that the company intends to reestablish activity in the corresponding administrative areas as of today.
In this sense, a controversy has arisen between management and unions of the plant. CCOO and UGT have denounced Seat to the Treball Inspectorate of the Generalitat because the company unilaterally notified workers about the measures to be taken when returning to work after the end of hibernation.
Seat informed its employees in an email of common rules for these administrative areas that could restart the activity, such as the fact that no more than 25% of those covering each area are present. In addition, following the criteria of the Government and the Generalitat, telework will prevail.
Before “this unilateral decision” the unions denounced Seat because, according to them, the communication should have been made after adopting protection measures within the Contingency Plan against Covid-19 at the meeting on Wednesday of the Seat Inter-Center Committee.
Seat has a dynamic ERTE in the administration areas through which employees enter and leave depending on the company’s activity needs.
Delay at Iveco
Iveco announced yesterday that its two production centers in Spain, in Valladolid and Madrid, will return to activity no earlier than May 3. The reason is that both the Daily vans and the S-Way trucks they manufacture here receive parts from Lombardia, the worst affected region in Italy.