Nissan Laying Off 20 Percent Of Staff From Its Barcelona Plant

In a statement released on Thursday, Nissan’s Spanish arm has announced the cut of 600 jobs, or nearly 20 percent of the local workforce, at its facility located in Barcelona.

The decision has been taken after more than a month of negotiations with unions and the agreement combines buyouts with early retirements. The process will begin on June 13 and continue throughout the fiscal year, which ends in March 2020.

The settlement was a necessity for Nissan to continue making cars in in the Spanish factory. Talking about it, the plant’s managing director, Genis Alonso, said: “The agreement allows us to take advantage of the future opportunity offered by the multinational to continue manufacturing cars in Barcelona.”

It’s not all bad news, as the Japanese automaker will invest a further €70 million ($78 million) in a new state-of-the-art paint plant.

Nissan has five production centers in Spain, located in Barcelona, Avila and Cantabria, which employ a total of 5,000 workers.

In Barcelona, the company makes its one-ton pickup truck, the Navara, along with its French and German cousins, the Renault Alaskan and Mercedes-Benz X-Class, as reported by AutoNews. Additionally, the plant also puts together the NV200 and electric e-NV200 light commercial vehicles and used to assemble the Pulsar, too.

The compact hatchback used to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf & Co., until last year, when it was retired from Europe. The Pulsar is still being made in China’s Guangzhou and Russia’s Izhevsk factories.


  • Sovereignty

    Now the EU has done a trade deal with Japan, I can see all Japanese-owned plants closing in Europe before 2025.

    • The Pulsar won’t be missed

      Except that’s not happening, the Japanese and Europeans are much smarter players.

      This Barcelona Nissan plant is now a pure commercial vehicles plant, focused on pumping out European re-branded Navara pick-ups for the European market. No need to make Nissans when you can just make Mercedes badged Nissans.

      Parts supply from Japan is flowing in tariff free to all 5 of Nissans Spanish production plants as well as it’s European Logistics Centre there, all supply guaranteed tariff free for decades. The European Technical Centre is in Spain too. Sunderland (and Cranfield) is already being left out to die…

      • Sovereignty

        I’m glad you believe your own hype.

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