José Vicente de los Mozos: “We prepared the fourth Industrial Plan in Renault Spain”Automotive News
- The president in Spain of the alliance of Renault and Nissan guarantees the future of the template.
José Vicente de los Mozos, president of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Spain and Renault’s world director of manufacturing and logistics, as well as a member of the steering committee of the French automobile, faces until May the difficult task of finding a solution to the situation Of the Nissan plant in Avila, with a single truck assigned, without future projects from 2019 and with its continuity in the air. But he also looks forward to the future of Renault’s factories in Valladolid and Palencia, which they have turned into an efficient and successful industrial pole for five years when they were at risk. He warns that changes in the automotive sector need “Spain to move fast” and adopt measures that support the automotive sector as a whole.
Question. What prospects are there for the Avila factory?
Answer. It seems that because I have been placed in the post [because of the special relationship of De los Mozos with the Spanish industrial fabric, where he began his career], the issue will be solved, but I can not guarantee anything yet. I asked for three months to analyze the situation and that’s where we are. Things could have been done differently, I have already apologized to the workers for it, but we are in another phase.
- They have talked about three possible solutions: a new engine for the Cabstar NT400 truck that is being manufactured now, new manufacturing assignments as components or the closure. Which is more feasible right now?
- When it is clear that it is possible to implement a solution and is validated by the Alliance, we will communicate the decision. I am going to do everything possible to look for an industrial solution to Ávila but I do not rule out any option.
What I asked from the first moment that I was assigned this responsibility is to be able to offer a job to all Avila employees within the factories of the Alliance in Castilla y León. I understand the social alarm and that is why I undertook this.
- How do Spain affect these processes of concentration in the motor world-wide?
- The world is changing fast, not just by shopping, but by protectionism or new technologies. That is why it is important to anticipate problems. We need a comprehensive plan to support the automotive sector and we can not be waiting months. We do not need a Renove because we need incentives to purchase the car, but to be consistent with the comprehensive change that is taking place in the automotive industry. Spain must be at the forefront of the introduction of technological changes in the automotive industry and today we are not. We need to move forward faster by relying on systems that have worked in other countries. That is why we do not need a PIVE plan but a comprehensive plan for the renovation of the park, new mobility systems, zero emissions vehicles, improve industrial competitiveness and advance the legal issue for the autonomous car. But it has to be stable over time. If not, it is not effective.
- How is evolving the third industrial plan, which announced new allocations for the Palencia and Valladolid plant?
- Very good. We are leaders in sales in the Spanish market, we have made production record in both plants and we have made 700 fixed jobs of the 2,000 committed. We have 150 new engineers. We are a referent on how to do things. We have transformed three factories in Valladolid and Palencia into an efficient industrial pole, with expanded suppliers’ park, training agreements and research centers. It’s a big difference from what you had.
Now we are still working and we are already starting to design the fourth industrial plan. The problem would be not to have this future in mind, but my responsibility is to have this future vision for the factories.
- What impact is the lack of stimulus and support plans having?
- It is necessary to have a strong internal market so that the production of Spanish cars remains stable. It is true that we have produced 2.8 million vehicles but I do not know if tomorrow we will manufacture them. The fact that the sales channel to individuals is practically flat represents a risk to the demand. It is the rental companies and the renewal of the fleets that now support the registrations.
Noemi Navas – Ginebra – 08-03-2017 – CINCO DIAS