Nissan will increase its investment in the Avila plant by 35%, to 55 million

1/06/2021 – 14:29

Fernando González Blanco will be from next July 1 the new head of the Nissan factory in Avila, replacing Javier Novo, who will return to Renault. The company will increase its investment in the plant by 15 million, 35% more than the 40 initially planned.

Nissan Motor Ibérica operations.

Javier Novo has led since 2018 the conversion of the plant into a center specialized in the manufacture and distribution of spare parts for the Alliance. His extensive experience in the industrial and people management field has made it possible to direct Ávila’s transformation plan throughout this time, always with an eye on achieving the objectives step by step and taking into account the best management of Template. Its work carried out in the last year in a complex environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis as a result of it must be highlighted, the company highlights in a press release.

Frank Torres, Nissan’s executive vice president for Russia and responsible for the company’s industrial operations in Spain: “We thank Javier Novo for his enormous contribution and dedication these years to the Avila plant in such a complicated context, in which notable progress has been made in the transformation of our center “.

Nissan remains committed to the Avila plant. Proof of this is that the company has already fully invested the 40 million investment that the plan involved in its initial planning, an amount to which Nissan plans to add an additional 15 million euros (+ 35%) to reach a total of 55 million euros invested between 2018 and 2022.

At the moment about 250 employees work daily in the Castilian-Leon factory, in compliance with the agreement with the conversion agreement signed in October 2017 and which has been in force since January 1, 2018. As the project progresses, a greater number of workers will be incorporated, as stated in the text .

A great connoisseur of the plant

Fernando González Blanco, born in Barcelona, ​​is a mechanical engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). His professional career has been developed entirely in Nissan, a company that he joined in 1978 in the period of Motor Ibérica. Since then he has held various positions of responsibility in the areas of stamping, production engineering, supply chain, manufacturing and spare parts. From 2007 to 2011 he was already in charge of the Avila plant. From 2013 to the present, Fernando González was the operations director of the Nissan center dedicated to the distribution of spare parts and accessories to the Nissan dealership network for southern Europe located in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona).

Fernando González: “I am proud to once again lead the Nissan Ávila team, where I hope to contribute to the fulfillment of the objectives of the transformation plan as up to now. the consolidation of the projects currently underway to give the plant a solid future. “

Javier Novo for his part has stated that “Fernando González is a perfect connoisseur of the reality of the Avila plant and the ideal person to complete the great conversion process that we started in 2018 to position the plant as an operations center for the Alliance in southern Europe. “

Frank Torres has been “convinced that the extensive experience of Fernando González within Nissan, and in the Avila factory and the spare parts business in particular, will be a boost for the transformation of the plant”.

Beyond spare parts

After the official presentation of the transformation plan in May 2018, today the Avila factory is immersed in a great process of reconversion into a center specialized in the manufacture and distribution of spare parts for the Alliance. To date, the manufacture of spare parts has already been introduced for the Renault Clio, Twingo, Docker, Lodgy, Megane, Scenic and Captur models as well as the Nissan NT400, Juke, Leaf and Note models.

Although the initial project consisted of the production of spare parts for metal parts, today the Avila plant goes further. As announced last February, the management of Nissan you are working on new projects that could translate into 150-170 new jobs in the next few months. The two most important activities are the contract to manufacture the suspension structure of a new model for the Alliance and the production of replacement bumpers for Nissan. The first of these projects represents the entry of Nissan Ávila in the production of vehicle parts for the Alliance, a very important milestone that was not foreseen in the original transformation plan, while the second offers the opportunity to convert the plant into an operations center or hub for the production of bumpers for the Alliance in southern Europe.

To these advances are added increasing the planned area of ​​the stamping hall from 11,000 to 24,000 square meters which is currently under construction. Likewise, as Nissan agreed with the Junta de Castilla y León, the works of the logistics warehouse will begin soon after its change of location from Vicolozano to the Ávila CyLoG logistics center.

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