The step back taken by China’s Great Wall Motors (GWM) to take over the facilities that Nissan will vacate in the Barcelona Free Trade Zone has complicated the puzzle that had been prepared to reindustrialise the land. Representatives of the Government of Spain, the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the unions yesterday held a meeting in which, after more than six hours, all the interested parties were once again summoned to the next december 17.
Now a week begins in which the negotiations with the rest of the interested companies will be held against the clock. And it is that, the calendar presses. On December 31, Nissan will end its activity in the Catalan facilities with the impact that this will have, not only for the employees of its plant, but for the entire auxiliary industry that was related to the Japanese brand.
After the double Asian disappointment, the Free Zone reindustrialization table, which is being advised by KPMG, finds itself with a playing field with different solutions. Proposals that, unlike GWM’s, they do not have unanimity among those responsible for deciding the future of these facilities.
The interest in transferring the activity to these lands was not only limited to the Chinese brand. Companies of different sizes and industries have shown their willingness to settle on the land that Nissan will leave free. The problem lies in finding a solution that has the same level of support that GWM had among the government, government and unions.
After the definitive no of the Chinese company, the option of the Electromobility Hub has won integers. This proposal aims acquire 400,000 square meters of the facilities. With this, the company intends to manufacture 100,000 vehicles per year for fleets.
QEV Technologies engineering would lead a project made up of national and international companies. The so-called Barcelona Decarbonisation Hub (D-HUB) would also have with the Swedish companies Inzile and Volta Trucks as strategic partners.
To complete this proposal, the rest of the land would be dedicated to a logistics center. In the same way, Silence would also keep part of the facilities that Nissan leaves. The objective of the company, controlled by Acciona, would be Take advantage of your landing in these facilities to increase your capabilities.
Specifically, the company intends to manufacture 25,000 motorcycles and 40,000 units of its removable battery electric car. This project would entail an initial investment close to 30 million euros. An alternative that, although it does not have the volumes of Nissan, does have the approval of the reindustrialization table as its proposal perfectly squares with the objectives set for the facilities.
In addition to this group of proposals, those in charge of looking for alternatives for the Free Trade Zone have received other interests. One of the clearest is the one carried out by Tess Defense. The entity, owned by Santa Bárbara, Indra, Escribano and Sapa, intends to carry out the maintenance of armored vehicles on Nissan land. A proposal that was categorically rejected by the Generalitat.
In addition, the Goodman real estate company has also shown its willingness to take over the Catalan facilities. The Australian would put 550 million euros on the table. An amount with which expects to generate more than 3,200 direct jobs. Although the proposal is attractive, it is feared that it will have difficulties in relocating current Nissan employees. One reason that has made this solution lose interest.
Similarly, Consum has also put on the table its intention to create a logistics center for its Catalan structure. An alternative that doesn’t have much support because it would cover fewer jobs and, furthermore, they would be of lower levels than those of industrial companies.
Thus, during the next four days, those responsible for finding a way out of the crisis caused by the departure of Nissan from the Free Zone will experience a real rally. A few days that promise to be strenuous and in which, not ruled out, the appearance of a new proposal to turn the game board of this negotiation upside down again.