SEAT Martorell Factory – Video
SEAT is going to hire 250 more employees to respond to the production increase in the Martorell factory. 98 of these workers currently have a temporary contract with SEAT, and 152 have an employment agency contract. Starting June 1st they will all be joining the SEAT workforce with an open-ended contract.
These 250 new recruits will build on the 265 hired by SEAT since the beginning of the year, also due to the increased production volume. Last January the workforce grew by 115 new employees, followed by 150 more in February. In total, the company has generated 515 new jobs in just five months.
SEAT Vice-president for Human Resources Xavier Ros highlighted that “the recruitment of 250 new employees responds to the increase in demand for our models. As our commercial and production perspectives consolidate, once again we show that the SEAT workforce is growing with more open-ended contracts. We are proud that SEAT’s excellent results are leading to more opportunities to generate quality employment and prosperity.”
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.