Nissan to close Barcelona carmaking plants in December 2020

Japanese carmaker Nissan intends to close three plants at its Nissan Barcelona operations in Spain from December 2020, the company said on Thursday May 28. The units affected will be at Zona Franca, Montcada and Sant Andreu.

“The plan, presented after a lengthy study of options for Nissan’s Barcelona operations, is now subject to consultation with workers’ representatives,” Nissan said.
The company’s operations in Ávila and Cantabria, as well as Nissan lberia’s sales and marketing operations in Spain, will not be affected by the restructuring.
“The proposal to close the Barcelona plant is the result of an extensive study to mitigate [the problem of] excess production capacity and improve overall competitiveness,” Nissan chief executive officer Makoto Uchida said. “This is not a decision that we are taking lightly, but is to ensure the strongest possible future for the brand.”

Nissan has been manufacturing vehicles in Barcelona since 1983 and employs around 3,000 workers in the area. In recent years, market conditions have caused production volumes to...


Maria Tanatar

Amy Hinton

May 28, 2020

17:32 GMT