SEAT invests 57 million euros in its factory in Barcelona

SEAT invests 57 million euros in its factory in Barcelona

02.06.2019: The company inaugurated a new metal press and two hot stamping lines The factory located in Barcelonaís Zona Franca produced 52 million parts last year SEAT Barcelona celebrated its ďBCN DayĒ yesterda


    The company inaugurated a new metal press and two hot stamping lines

    The factory located in Barcelona’s Zona Franca produced 52 million parts last year

    SEAT Barcelona celebrated its “BCN Day” yesterday with more than 100 activities for employees, relatives and friend
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SEAT has invested 57 million euros in a new metal press and two new hot stamping lines for its factory in Barcelona. The inauguration of these facilities took place on the occasion of “BCN Day”, an event which was attended by 3,000 people including employees, friends and family members.



The new PXL press installed in SEAT Barcelona involved an investment of just over 31 million euros and it will boost the productivity of this metal press compared to the previous ones thanks to greater automation and manufacturing speed, as well as an advanced robot system.



A little over 25 million euros was also invested in two new hot stamping lines that will also help increase efficiency, speed and precision in the production process. In addition to this overall 57 million euro investment, in the past five years SEAT has allocated 6.5 million euros to improving, renovating and modernising the plant.



SEAT Vice-President for Production and Logistics Dr. Christian Vollme
r pointed out that “SEAT Barcelona is a key factory for our company and these new facilities will enable us to position it as a technologically strategic plant for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group. The new metal press and the new stamping lines will help us increase our production output a 15%, close to 60 million parts.”





SEAT Barcelona, a strategic plant




The SEAT factory located in Barcelona’s Zona Franca began operating in 1953 with the production of the brand’s initial models, such as the SEAT 1400 or the 600, the car that put Spain on wheels. In 1993, vehicle production was shifted to the Martorell factory, and since then, the Barcelona facilities have been producing stamped parts such as doors, roofs, mudguards and cross bars.



The 80% of the parts for the MQB A0 platform and most of the stamped parts on SEAT models are also made in these facilities. In 2018 alone, more than 52 million parts were made for SEAT, for different Volkswagen Group brands that were exported to 22 factories located in six countries.



SEAT Barcelona stands out for the application of innovative technological processes such as virtual simulation of the PXL press, 3D printing in the maintenance workshop, the automatic changing of spot welds performed by robots in the metal workshop and the automation of logistic flows using automated guided vehicles.





A day for employees to enjoy



Last Saturday, employees, relatives and friends had the chance to tour the factory’s different facilities with the workers themselves, and they were all present at the inauguration of the new metal press and hot stamping lines. During the event, the visitors also took a guided tour of SEAT’s historic car collection, which features 317 units including the Popemobile, the first oficial rally car driven by Carlos Sainz or the electric SEAT Toledo that was used at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.



The day was filled with over 100 activities for all the visitors, such as live performances by employees and activities designed for children.






Cristina Vall-Llosada- photos SEAT

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