SEAT celebrates 25 years at the Martorell plant with 10 million cars producedAutomotive News
The plant that the Spanish automobile company SEAT has in Martorell (Barcelona) will meet tomorrow 25 years of activity, in which it has manufactured a total of 10 million vehicles of 39 models and different versions, the brand reported today.
It occupies an area of 2,800,000 square meters and currently it produces around 2,300 cars a day, which represents around 95% of the capacity of the plant, according to the source.
Since 2009, production in Martorell has grown more than 50% and is currently the plant that makes more cars in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, SEAT said in a statement.
On this anniversary, the president of SEAT, Luca de Meo, stressed that it takes place “in one of the best moments of the plant thanks to the new models launched (Ibiza and Arona), to the investment in R & D, to the quality of the vehicles and, above all, thanks to the employees, who carry out their work with commitment and enthusiasm “.
Martorell employs more than 12,000 people in the production lines, in the company’s headquarters and in the SEAT Technical Center.
21% of the personnel of the factory are women, practically twice the average of the automobile factories in Spain, which is 11%, the company recalled.
On the other hand, the company is developing in the Barcelona plant the works of the highest automatic logistics center in Spain (43.7 meters high), which will have the capacity to manage 119,000 boxes of components and which will be launched in the last quarter of the year.
In terms of sustainability, since 2011 Martorell has the Ecomotive Factory Plan, which is aimed at optimizing the brand’s resources and which has reduced by 25% the main indicators in the production process before 2018 and which is expected to reach 50 % in 2025.
To start up the SEAT factory, an investment of 244,500 million pesetas (about 1,470 million euros) was made and it was inaugurated after 34 months of works.
It started in 1993 with the second generation of Ibiza (currently the fifth is being produced) and Córdoba, which were the first vehicles to leave the production line at a rate of 1,500 units a day.
During these 25 years almost all models of the brand have been manufactured: from the Toledo to the new Arona, passing through the Inca van, the Arosa, the Altea or the successive generations of Ibiza and León.
In addition, Martorell manufactures for other brands of the Volkswagen Group, since it currently produces the Audi Q3, which in the second quarter of the year will give its space to the new generation of the Audi A1.
Between 1995 and 2003, the Barcelona plant manufactured the Polo and Caddy models of Volkswagen.
EFE – Madrid – EL DIARIO – 02/21/2018 (Translation Soft)