The commission for the reindustrialization of the Nissan Motor Ibérica plants has received a total of 17 projects from 13 companies interested in the company’s sites in Catalonia (Zona Franca, Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu de la Barca), which it will abandon in December this year.
All of them have received the sales notebook with the information on the factories and equipment, and the possible lines of help and financing, after signing the confidentiality agreements.
And it is that on March 31, the deadline to receive proposals for letters of intent from potential investors ended.
Most of the projects presented at the meeting held today are focused on exploring the possibility of assembling electric vehicles and the creation of an electromobility hub made up of several companies.
The possibility of installing a battery factory has dropped from the list of reindustrialization scenarios, since “more space is needed than is available at Nissan,” according to union sources consulted by the Economist. The same sources assure that they will continue requesting that “it continues to be an option while there is no other alternative”, since they need “an important industrial project”.
Both the reindustrialization commission, made up of the Government, the Generalitat of Catalonia, the management of the company and the unions, and KPMG, which acts as the committee’s technical assistance, do not rule out the possibility of an increase in the number of proposals interested in the industrial assets that Nissan has in Catalonia.
Faced with this situation, they have shown their flexibility to manage new possible expressions of interest from potential investors in the near future.
According to roadmap drawn up by the commission itselfUntil next May 31, the reindustrialization table will select the candidate projects to occupy the plants that the Japanese multinational will abandon at the end of the year.
The Secretary General for Industry and SMEs, Raül Blanco, explained that “positive progress is being made” and that “we must continue working on the consolidation of the projects presented and on attracting new projects that guarantee maximum direct and indirect employment” .
For her part, the General Director of Industry of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Matilde Villarroya, stressed that “the search for a viable industrial alternative has always been a priority” and that “all necessary efforts will continue to be made to recover the productive fabric How affected has it been by the crisis in the automotive sector “.