Seat does not expect a 24-hour strike at dashboard supplier SAS to significantly impact production at its key Martorell plant in Barcelona, Spain, a workers' committee official told just-auto.

Spanish unions at SAS said the strike, which took place on Thursday at SAS' 450-worker factory in the town of Abreras outside Barcelona, had halted the output of 1,600 dashboards.

However, "we expect the impact to be much less than that," the Seat workers' representative said, adding that the company will do an official review of any car production losses on Monday.

"Deliveries will be on time. We have stocks for a lot of the vehicles and great manufacturing flexibility," the official from Spanish syndicate UGT added, requesting anonymity.

In the industrial town of Martorell, Seat makes the Ibiza, Altea, Cordoba and just-redesigned Leon models. The car maker, a Volkswagen unit, churns out 2,092 vehicles daily there.

SAS makes 1,200 dashboards a day for the Cordoba and Ibiza and 400 for the Leon. The plant changed owners in 2003. Workers are protesting over management's failed promises to maintain certain working conditions and benefits under the previous owners' contract.

SAS unions hope management will come to the negotiating table, but they don't plan further strikes, the UGT official noted.

Seat did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

However, company officials reportedly said that the SAS union's remarks were "exaggerated" and that Martorell has enough economies of scale to offset component shortages.

Ivan Castano