The German multinational company intends to close the plant in LliÃ§Ã d’Amunt (Barcelona), in addition to the closure of Castellet i la Gornal announced in September
The German multinational Bosch has communicated to the works council its intention to close the plant in LliÃ§Ã d’Amunt (Barcelona), which would put 336 employees, as confirmed by the company to Europa Press this Thursday.
This closure would be added to that of the Castellet i la Gornal plant (Barcelona), announced in September and scheduled for November 2021, affecting 300 workers. Company sources have also confirmed that the production of the Catalan plant will be transferred to the one it has in Wroclaw (Poland), in what UGT FICA has considered an “unmitigated relocation”.
Although there is no defined timetable yet, Bosch’s intention is to formalize the closing “as soon as possible” during this year, not having found alternative products to ensure the plant’s competitiveness.
Bosch sources have explained that the plant in Poland “is larger”, which makes it more profitable and competitive, and they have justified the closure of the Catalan plant due to the falling market demand for conventional power brakes of vacuum due to the increase in the use of electromechanical servo brakes.
Furthermore, according to the company, this market “is exposed to intense competition”, which is why it has decided to adapt its production capacities.
The secretary of the Auto sector of UGT de Catalunya, Yolanda Funes, has assured Europa Press that the company has justified the closure “for economic reasons that in Poland it is more profitable to produce “ for the price of labor. Anyway, Funes highlighted that this closure “is a consequence of the industrial policy in Catalonia “ in recent years and has stressed that administrations do not realize that the automotive sector is leaving.
According to the union’s calculations, in addition to the 336 professionals at the plant, the closure would affect an additional 900 people between auxiliary companies and suppliers.