The director of the PSA Group plant in Vigo, Ignacio Bueno, has asked that the costs derived from the implementation of sanitary protocols in the production centers can be deducted, as well as a “relief” on the fixed costs and taxes during the cessation of activity.
In an editorial in the magazine of the Cluster of automotive companies in Galicia (Ceaga), Bueno asks public administrations “sensitivity” to the impact of the coronavirus on the sector as a whole.
In addition to the aforementioned measures, the head of the Balaídos factory advocates maintaining public-private cooperation to promote innovation and investments in favor of competitiveness “in the new environment that we are going to find” after the pandemic. .
He considers that the relaunch of the factories will only take place after the recovery of commercial activity, and in this sense considers it “essential” that the dealers be able to sell cars and that customers be allowed an “organized visit” to their facilities.
Although, he continues, “clearly, this will not be enough for sales to take off.”
It points to the need to define, “substantially”, mechanisms to support demand “so that the factories are recovering production levels.”
Ignacio Bueno appeals to unity and the spirit of cooperation, with which he is convinced that the Galician automotive sector will overcome “the current difficult situation”.
Meanwhile, the president of Ceaga, Juan Antonio Lloves, sends a message of “encouragement and caution” to the 24,400 Galician automotive workers.
In an interview published in the cluster magazine, Lloves admits that “today more than ever” the future of the sector is “uncertain”, so he appeals to be “prudent” and remain “attentive to the recovery of market confidence in this transition phase. “
Remember that before the pandemic, the forecast for the production of light vehicles in 2020 was that it would reach 89.2 million units globally, which would mean an increase of 0.4% compared to the previous year.
However, the fall in vehicle demand and the temporary closure of most production plants forces the calculations to be readjusted.
The sector expects that production will decrease around 20.1% in the world and 24% in Europe, the main destination for Galician companies.
However, these forecasts start from a scenario where activity begins to normalize before the third quarter.
If the impact of the covid-19 were to extend beyond the second half of the year, the projections for light vehicle manufacturing could fall 27% globally and 37% in Europe, warns Lloves, who values ”the great wave of solidarity “that has traveled the sector in the face of this pandemic.
It refers to the manufacture of sanitary material such as disposable valves for respirators, screens and hydro-alcohol.
The Galician automotive sector invoiced a total of 9.7 billion euros in 2019, exported a value of 6,250 euros, accumulated 250 million euros in investments and directly employed 24,400 people.