Seat Martorell factory celebrates 30th birthday
SEAT S.A.'s main factory will start producing fully electric vehicles by 2025 for different brands within the Group. To achieve this, the company has designed a strategic plan that includes five main pillars: people and organisation, electrification and product, production end to end (E2E), digitalisation and sustainability.
One of the key projects for the transformation is that SEAT S.A. will lead the Small BEV cluster for the Volkswagen Group; the family of cars that will democratise sustainable urban mobility for different brands. Martorell will become one of the Group's production hub for these electric cars and a crucial part of the electric vehicle value chain in Spain.
The transformation of the company is in line with the clear commitment of SEAT S.A. and the Volkswagen Group to the electrification of Spain with the Future: Fast Forward project. Together with its partners, the plan includes the electrification of the Martorell and Pamplona factories, the construction of a new gigafactory for batteries in Sagunto (Valencia), and the creation of a complete supplier ecosystem. It is estimated that this country-wide project will have a positive impact on the Spanish economy of more than 21,000 million euros.
The introduction of the electric car also requires a cultural change among the workforce and the incorporation of new technology. The company has begun an ambitious training plan for its employees, with the aim of achieving a more efficient organisation and helping every team through these changes. In parallel, SEAT S.A. will invest in its production facilities to transform Martorell into a smart factory. To do this, it will implement data and business intelligence tools, virtual reality, and the use of big data to improve production processes and real-time monitoring.
Production in Martorell: a driver of growth and development
Today, about 12,000 people work in the factory and at the headquarters of Martorell. The plant has a total surface area of 2.8 million square metres, which is equivalent to 400 football pitches.
Inaugurated in 1993 after 34 months of construction work, the factory began production after an investment of 244.5 billion Spanish pesetas (1.47 billion euros). SEAT S.A. shifted production from its old Zona Franca facilities in Barcelona, where the brand had been building cars since 1953, to the Martorell factory only 30 kilometres away. Since then, SEAT S.A. has produced more than 12 million vehicles out of a total of 45 models within the facility, exporting to more than 70 different countries around the world. Last year, 83% of the vehicles that rolled out of the production line were exported.
The first models to come off the Martorell assembly line were the second generation SEAT Ibiza and the first generation Cordoba, at a rate of 1,500 cars per day. In the last 30 years, the models that have been produced the most at the Martorell plant have been the SEAT Ibiza (4.7 million units), the Leon family (2.5 million) and the SEAT Cordoba (more than 1 million), while the most manufactured car today is the CUPRA Formentor. As part of the global production system of the Volkswagen Group, the Martorell plant has also produced the Audi Q3 and currently manufactures the Audi A1.