AB Volvo has signed a letter of intent with MAPE to sell the crankshaft plant in Leganes, Spain. The plant has 150 employees.

The Volvo Group plans to sell the Leganes plant “for structural reasons”, it said in a statement.

At present, part of the plant’s production capacity is used to manufacture crankshafts for medium-duty engines but this will be relocated in conjunction with the switch to a new generation of engines in 2013.

“This comprises part of our effort to develop an improved industrial footprint, in line with our new strategy,” said truck operations head Mikael Bratt.

“I believe MAPE will be a good owner of the Leganes plant,” he added. “The company is a machining specialist with the potential, expertise and ambition to further develop and expand the plant. It is also important for us to secure continued supply from the plant for some of our heavy-duty engines.”

MAPE is a leading mechanical integrator specialising in crankshafts, balance shafts, camshafts and connecting rods and is already a Volvo supplier. The company has operations in Italy, Sweden and the US.

“This is a very good opportunity for us to expand our business in the heavy-duty engine segment. Leganes is a well-maintained modern plant and, most importantly, has a very experienced and dedicated workforce,” said MAPE chairman Giuseppe Pederzini. “The available capacity will allow us to add additional customers that are considering outsourcing crankshafts.”

The letter of intent contains conditions regulating the sale of the plant, leasing of the building and the continued supply of crankshafts to Volvo.

The transaction is not expected to have any material impact on the Volvo group’s earnings or financial position.