BARCELONA — Spain is optimistic that another challenge will probably be discovered to save lots of hundreds of jobs threatened by Nissan’s choice to close its three vegetation within the Barcelona space by the top of the 12 months, a authorities official instructed Reuters.
A manufacturing unit to supply electric-vehicle battery cells is amongst 17 proposed tasks which have been submitted by 13 firms for the services, junior business minister Raul Blanco mentioned in an interview, with out specifying who was behind the battery plan.
Most proposed tasks are linked to electrical mobility, officers have beforehand mentioned.
Sweden’s Volta Vans, which produces electrical autos, is among the many few bidders which have publicly introduced their curiosity within the vegetation, the place it might make its Volta Zero. It’s a part of a consortium of firms that has submitted a bid.
Nissan’s factories make use of round 3,000 folks immediately, and as much as 20,000 not directly when considering suppliers.
As their closure nears, as a part of the automaker’s world restructuring, unions are rising impatient at what they understand as an absence of progress find alternate options. They’ve urged authorities to speed up their efforts and plan a protest on Could 13 in Barcelona.
“We’re optimistic till the final minute,” Blanco mentioned when requested whether or not a viable different challenge would emerge to save lots of jobs. “We’re working tirelessly.”
The precedence of a job power on the vegetation’ future is to ensure the utmost variety of jobs, he added.
Nonetheless, Blanco mentioned a deliberate challenge by Volkswagen Group’s Spanish model Seat and utility Iberdrola to construct a battery cell manufacturing unit in Spain would probably be too huge to be housed at Nissan’s 500,000-square-metre most important plant in Barcelona.
The federal government has backed the plans for such a manufacturing unit to be constructed within the nation to assist cut back reliance on batteries from China and hopes to construct it in a public-private partnership utilizing EU restoration funds.
Blanco mentioned the Barcelona website is likely to be extra appropriate for a smaller battery challenge from different firms.
Ramon Tremosa, the enterprise chief of Catalonia’s authorities, requested unions for endurance, arguing that the plans which have been submitted for the Nissan website confirmed that the northeastern area remained engaging as an auto sector hub.