These 250 new recruits will strengthen the workforce on the production lines, especially for the Ibiza and Arona, which are both built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB A0 platform debuted by SEAT in 2017. Owing to the success of both models, in addition to the high production volume of the SEAT Leon and the manufacture of the Audi Q3, which will be replaced by the Audi A1 in the second half of the year, Martorell is verging on the highest output in its history. In the first quarter of the year, production at this factory went up by 12.3% to reach a total volume of 132,804 vehicles (2017: 118,267). Today, 2,300 vehicles are made here daily, which is 95% of the plant’s current maximum capacity.
Actually, SEAT has recently invested 23 million euros to raise the maximum capacity from 2,300 to 2,400 cars/day, by completely automating one of the lines in the Paint workshop, and installing a new colour booth for painting the two-tone bodies of the SEAT Arona and the Audi A1.
Moreover, and in order to respond to production growth, since January the company has agreed to schedule additional weekend shifts with a majority of the union representatives. In the months of May and June alone, 21 extra Saturday and Sunday shifts will be performed at the Martorell factory.
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