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Interview part 2: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

23 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spanish suppliers association CEO, José Portilla has had many years experience in manufacturing sectors such as steel and automotive, while he is now CEO of Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto. In the second of two interviews, Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the transition to new mobility and the challenges of implementing advanced manufacturing technology coupled with addressing labour body employment concerns.


Interview part 1: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

17 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spanish suppliers association CEO, José Portilla has had many years experience in manufacturing sectors such as steel and automotive, while he is now CEO of Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto. Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the twin challenges of slowing global demand and the transition to new mobility.


The SEAT brand's time has come - Comment

11 Jul 2019 | Ray Hutton

Ray Hutton says Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary has finally defied the doubters to become one of the Europe’s fastest-growing car brands. But SEAT's history illustrates that it wasn't easy...


SEAT goes large with Tarraco

4 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Doesn't it seem a long time ago that we thought of SEAT as a maker of small cars? The addition of the new 4.7m long Tarraco means the brand now has a third SUV, putting it in competition with the VW Tiguan Allspace, Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 for the first time.


Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand

7 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year. With the sole model in demand and due to be joined by others later in 2019, the experiment to evolve what had been a sports trim level into a brand is working.


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Cupra (SEAT) gives new EV interior glimpse

23 Aug 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Cupra brand - which came out of SEAT as a sub-brand and is now standalone - has released a teaser image of the interior of its first all-electric road vehicle.


SEAT appoints Alfonso Sancha as purchasing EVP

22 Aug 2019 | Simon Warburton

Alfonso Sancha has been appointed new SEAT purchasing EVP and will take up his position on 1 September.


Gestamp enjoys a record second quarter

25 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Gestamp, the metal components maker, said its second quarter was better than the first as revenue rose 7.8% to EUR2,344m and EBITDA was up 9% to EUR272m.


SEAT to offer corporate carsharing in Madrid

18 Jul 2019 | Dave Leggett

SEAT is going to begin offering corporate carsharing services through Respiro. The move was announced at ‘Madrid on the move by SEAT', an event in the Spanish capital where the company presented its urban mobility strategy for the first time and vehicles such as the new SEAT Mii electric, the SEAT Minimo concept vehicle and the SEAT eXS KickScooter powered by Segway.


Spain "hungry" for new government - Sernauto CEO

17 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's automotive supplier association (Sernauto) says it is "hungry" for a new government to be formed in Madrid as long-running political horse-trading raises the prospect of a further general election later this year.


Spain to attract CASE business - acting Industry Minister

16 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's acting Industry Minister says she wants the country to become a platform to attract companies involved in CASE technologies as the industry transits from conventional fuel burn to cleaner propulsion alternatives


ANFAC lauds Spain efficiency and labour harmony

15 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain is not playing a low-cost labour game to attract overseas OEMs and suppliers, says its automotive association, but is more concentrating on the efficiency of its factories and solid union agreements.


Spain still attractive for suppliers - Sernauto

15 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's supplier association is underlining why the country is proving so attractive to overseas and domestic producers, who are now grappling with the new challenges of CASE technologies and Industry 4.0.


Seat starts drone component deliveries

11 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Seat says its factory in Martorell is the first Spanish plant to receive components via drone delivery.


EC probes Spain EUR20m support for PSA in Vigo

2 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Brussels has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Spain's plan to grant EUR20.7m (US$23.4m) of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo is in line with EU rules on regional State aid.



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