• VW ID.3 production dresden battery pack

    EV battery supply chains on the move


    As electric vehicles become serious business for OEMs, they are reassessing their battery supply and manufacturing bases, putting their eggs in multiple baskets and taking more control of the process.

  • SEAT Effibot AMR robot

    Seat adds logistics cobots at Martorell


    Spanish carmaker Seat has started using two autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) at its plant in Martorell for the picking of parts from its onsite storage warehouses.

  • VW ID3 Platform

    Carmakers pledge to switch to all-electric vehicles


    The wave of electrification is slowly turning into a tsunami, in Europe at least. Illya Verpraet takes a look at some of the big manufacturing plans in 2021

  • Christian Friedl Director SEAT Martorell with Leon

    Christian Friedl takes over as director of Seat Martorell


    Christian Friedl is moving from Porsche to become director of Seat’s Martorell plant in Spain, starting from January 1. He replaces Rainer Fessel, who is moving to take over the management of the VW factory in Wolfsburg.

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    SEAT restart plan includes huge programme of Covid-19 testing


    A planned production restart for Martorell from 27 April will be backed by an ambitious testing programme covering thousands of SEAT workers

  • Seat Relizane Algeria

    AMS on Africa: Part 2 – Algeria thinks big


    Algeria has ambitions to be the Africa’s next major automotive manufacturing hub and the OEMs are lining up to make it happen

  • SEAT-begins-its-electric-offensive-by-introducing-the-Mii-Electric-on-its-inaugural-SEAT-on-Tour_03_HQ

    Success for Seat


    Spain’s biggest exporter has turned its finances around and looks to have a bright future. Ian Henry reports

  • Luca de Meo, SEAT

    Interview: Luca de Meo, CEO, SEAT


    Seat has a long history of making affordable and reliable cars, but how will the company continue to do so while also electrifying its line up? Michael Nash sits down with Luca de Meo to find out

  • SEAT Martorell paintshop 1

    SEAT Martorell paintshop


    SEAT Martorell produces the Ibiza, Arona, Leon and Audi A1. The plant has seen a substantial €23m investment to automate one of the lines in the paintshop and install a new colour booth for painting the two-tone bodies of the Arona and A1

  • SEAT Tarraco

    Wolfsburg plant makes SEAT Tarraco


    Germany - Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant has started making the SUV, which is based on the MQB platform. This marks the first time in 20 years that the facility will make a model without the VW badge, the last of which was the SEAT Arosa in 1998. "The car was completely ...

  • Audi A1 Martorell

    SEAT plant starts Audi A1 production


    Spain - The compact car is now being made at the SEAT plant in Martorell, which is located about half an hour from Barcelona. It was previously made at Audi's plant in Brussels. "Over the last years, the Martorell plant with its highly qualified employees has produced our Audi Q3 ...

  • SEAT Algeria Ibiza Leon and Arona

    SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon


    Algeria - The Spanish OEM has started building the two models in the city of Relizane, Algeria, at a plant owned by the Volkswagen Group and Sovac. It already assembles the Ibiza here, but as SEAT vice president for marketing and sales Wayne Griffiths explained, localising Arona and Leon assembly ...

  • SEAT Relizane

    SEAT to steer VW in North Africa


    Spain - The Spanish OEM will reportedly start coordinating the strategy of VW Group in the region as it hopes to decentralise its territorial structure and improve efficiency. The news comes soon after SEAT started making the Ibizia in Algeria. "The VW Group has trusted SEAT with being the lead ...

  • SEAT Martorell Plant

    SEAT increases production at Martorell


    Spain - The number of cars made at the plant rose by 12.3% during the first quarter of 2018, reflecting the sales success of the Ibizia, Arona and Leon. As a result, the company is hiring an additional 250 people to work at the factory. "As our commercial and production ...

  • Christian Vollmer, SEAT

    SEAT appoints new production head


    Spain - The OEM has made Christian Vollmer its new Vice President for production and logistics. He was previously the technical executive Vice President of Saic Volkswagen - a joint venture that was formed by the two companies back in 1984, and which now operates one of the largest vehicle ...

  • Seat Martorell Ibiza production

    SEAT Martorell plant celebrates birthday


    Spain - The Spanish OEM has been producing vehicles at its Martorell factory, which is located North West of Barcelona, since 1993. Around 10 million units featuring 39 different models have been made at the plant. “Martorell is synonymous with progress and growth," commented SEAT's President Luca de Meo. "The ...

  • Industry 4.0 training, Seat Martorell

    Seat launches 4.0 training programme


    Spain – The OEM says that personnel will interact with some of the tools and technology that will become common in production processes in the near future and are already being introduced, including virtual reality, collaborative robots, 3D printing and augmented reality. Of 2,000 employees registered for training, 1,200 have ...

  • Seat

    Seat surpasses environmental targets


    Spain – The vehicle-maker stated that by the end of last year it had seen an improvement of 33.6% across five key indicators of environmental performance – energy and water consumption, waste, volatile organic compounds and CO2 – and therefore reached its target of 25% by 2018 two years early. ...

  • Steve Catlin

    Seat announces top appointments


    UK – Steve Catlin becomes head of Sales Operations, Ben Fish is now head of Planning and Supply and Andrew Tracey takes over as head of Marketing, within the region. Catlin moves from his current role as head of Group Fleet Services at Volkswagen UK, having joined the Group last ...

  • Dietmar Voggenreiter

    Seat and Audi appointments announced


    Germany – Luca de Meo will take over as CEO at Seat and Dietmar Voggenreiter will replace him as board of management member for Sales and Marketing at Audi. The appointments will be effective from November 1. Described by Audi chairman Rupert Stadler as “the voice of our Italian ...