January 20, 2022 5:06 pm

A plant to repair armored vehicles and Army tanks, an alternative to the departure of Nissan in Barcelona

The solution to the reindustrialization of the Nissan plant in Barcelona, ​​which as of January 1 will cease to be operated by the car manufacturer, could involve the installation in the Catalan capital of a maintenance and repair center for heavy land vehicles of the Land Army, sources familiar with the reindustrialization plan inform ABC. This project places special emphasis on supporting the life cycle of the future armored 8×8 ‘Dragon’ that in December will begin to build the UTE Tess Defense formed by four companies: Santa Bárbara Sistemas, Indra, Sapa Placencia and Escribano Mechanical & Engineering.

The same sources explain that this option is one of those that would make up the alternative plan for

occupy the land of Nissan if what is now the preferred option, that of the Chinese electric car manufacturer, finally fails Great Wall Motor (GWM), and that in the next few days it will be known whether or not it goes ahead. After passing the cut of the Nissan reindustrialization committee, the offer of GWM, for investment, volume of production and safeguarding of jobs is the preferred option, and in which it has been working in recent weeks, although the economic demands of last minute of the Chinese consortium have put the project on the wing.

Contraoferta and GWM

Following a visit last week by Chinese executives to the Free Zone land, which Nissan will leave next month, GWM would have demanded more direct aid beyond the 100 million initially foreseen, a lower commitment to relocation from part of the Nissan inherited workforce, especially the older ones, as well as a better price for the rental of the land, of 500,000 m², owned by the Consortium of the Free Trade Zone.

The next few hours are going to be decisive. As this newspaper has learned, the Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto, sent a letter yesterday to the leadership of GWM to summon them to a last and decisive telematic meeting next Friday, in which they would try to give the Chinese security and the elderly facilities. It won’t be easy, knowledgeable sources acknowledge, but GWM’s is still the best option right now. In fact, the reindustrialization committee It has already made a counter offer to try to retain the Chinese: more aid, lower rent and softer reintegration conditions for the workforce.

Nissan’s factory in the Free Zone that will be abandoned as of January 1 – NISSAN

In parallel, this morning a new meeting of the aforementioned committee is held, advised by KPMG, and where the alternative options that are being worked on will be proposed. This is where the armor of the Army would come into play, with a maintenance center for which the companies involved in the UTE Tess Defense should divert assets and resources from their current factories located in Asturias, Seville, Madrid or Guipúzcoa, mainly.

This plan B -which has already been presented to Tess Defense- «consists of the development of a support system for the life cycle of heavy ground vehicles of the Army, including the repair of major repairs (overhauls) of vehicles and its updates ”, according to the project report. This would include the repairs and maintenance that must be performed on these military vehicles and armored vehicles every ten years of life.

Of the 500,000 m² that Nissan’s facilities have in the Free Zone, the Army’s armored maintenance center – with special attention to the new 8×8 ‘Dragon’ – would occupy some 150,000 m²: «100,000 m² for the assembly hall and tests and its logistics warehouse and 50,000m² for a taxiway and obstacles ».

Leopard battle tanks, at the Colmenar Viejo base (Madrid)
Leopard battle tanks, at the Colmenar Viejo base (Madrid) – OF SAN BERNARDO

The study also figures out the employment impact that would be generated with the military maintenance project in Barcelona: «A workforce of 300 people has been calculated as adequate for managing the production chain, staff for R&D activities and the logistics warehouse staff. The indirect jobs that would be generated induced by this project would multiply this figure by ten ”. The business model exhibition includes a fleet of vehicles to be maintained, repaired or upgraded of about 1,400 vehicles, once new phases of the 8×8 are produced.

Leopard Battle Cars

It is detailed as follows in the document: «At this time, the Pizarro phase I, Pizarro command post, Leopard 2A4 and 2E (battle tanks or tanks) and Leopard recovery ‘Buffalo’, which means 400 vehicles. The Pizarros phase II and later the 8×8 will be incorporated into this fleet in about five years. In total, about 450 more vehicles. With the planned future production of the new 8×8 phases, a permanent workforce of more than 1,400 vehicles would be established.

In parallel to this project, and should the GWM option fail, the bulk of Nissan’s facilities would be left to the electromobility hub project made up of several companies and led by QEV, which would occupy some 250,000 m², at the Once a third actor would enter the scene, in this case linked to a logistics operator, probably in the food industry.

The electric motorcycle manufacturer Silence would continue to keep Nissan’s land in Montcada, while those in Sant Andreu, where the electromobility hub, which would go to the Zona Franca, would remain in the air.


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