The Renault subsidiary in Spain, which has a workforce of more than 11,000 workers, is in suspense after learning that the Renault Group will undertake an adjustment to reduce costs that entails the elimination of some 15,000 jobs worldwide.
The Renault group has presented this Friday in Paris an adjustment plan with which it intends to reduce its annual cost structure by about 2,150 million euros, which will affect 8% of its global workforce and will be phased in over three years, although it has not yet been know the scope of this measure in Spain.
On March 16, two days after the alarm status was approved in Spain, the company decided to stop all its industrial activity in Spain and announced the application of a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) for its more than 11,000 employees.
In the first quarter of this year, Renault lost more than 5,000 million euros after falling its turnover by 19.2%. Its vehicle sales suffered a 25.9% cut, to 672,962 units.
In Spain, the sales figure reached 182,026 vehicles, 3.3% less than in the same period of the previous year.
The group keeps four factories open in Spain, in Palencia, Seville and Valladolid (where it has two, one for body-assembly and the other for engines).
As indicated by Renault on its website, the Palencia factory, opened in 1978, has a total area of 323,081 square meters of built area, and currently produces the Megane and Kadjar range and exports 85% of its production.
The first factory the Group founded in Spain is located in Valladolid, the Bodywork unit was inaugurated in 1966 and the Assembly unit in 1972, merged in 1995. The Engine unit was inaugurated in 1965, and has three workshops and an injection plant of aluminum.
It is here that the company planned to produce its first plug-in hybrid car, in a version of the Captur model.
The one in Seville, meanwhile, has been engaged in the manufacture of gearboxes since 1966, and has an area of 211,842 square meters.