Autoeuropa vai parar três semanas devido a novas regras de emissões

A fábrica da Autoeuropa, em Palmela, vai suspender a laboração por três semanas em Agosto, mais uma do que inicialmente previsto, devido às novas regras de medição do consumo e das emissões poluentes, segundo o Diário de Notícias.

in Negócios, 28-06-2018

A fábrica da Autoeuropa, em Palmela, vai suspender a laboração por três semanas em Agosto, mais uma do que inicialmente previsto, devido às novas regras de medição do consumo e das emissões poluentes, segundo a edição desta quinta-feira do Diário de Notícias.

A empresa confirmou ao jornal que a interrupção na produção, tradicionalmente realizada na primeira quinzena de Agosto, será estendida até 23 de Agosto.

Em causa está a norma Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP), que mede os consumos e emissões poluentes de forma mais fiável. Estas novas regras poderão vir a reflectir-se no preço dos automóveis, uma vez que poderá afectar a componente da tabela fiscal do imposto sobre veículos (ISV) que incide sobre a cilindrada e emissões de dióxido de carbono (CO2).

A empresa do grupo Volkswagen, contudo, mostra-se confiante de que a meta de 240 mil unidades produzidas traçada para este ano será atingida, graças ao reforço dos turnos e do trabalho ao domingo, previsto para 23 de Agosto.

A nível europeu, as fábricas da Volkswagen serão forçadas a suspender a montagem de 250 mil veículos entre Agosto e Setembro, refere o jornal.

CLEPA June 2018 Newsletter editorial: The business model of integration and coordination

The automotive industry is a textbook example of how cross-border cooperation fosters competitiveness, jobs and innovation. Illustrations of this rule of thumb are plentiful these days, as is the realisation that this business model has come under threat.

in CLEPA, 27-06-2018

ake Brexit: CLEPA member SMMT warned this week that investments are at risk because of unclarity around the future trading conditions between the UK and Europe. Parts and components cross borders multiple times before being assembled into the final product, a vehicle. Car manufacturers joined in the chorus warning that just-in-time delivery is endangered, with multiple days of delays in shipments predicted caused by administrative and customs burdens once EU membership ends. Negotiators need to end the uncertainty, first of all, but also find a solution that sustains frictionless trade.

Similar worries are voiced in response to President Trumps imposing of tariffs on steel and aluminium, and potential further measures to hit cars and automotive parts. Vehicle parts suppliers operate in an integrated, intricate global supply chain. The industry’s growth in the last century has been fostered by the expansion of new markets due to public policy that supported international trade. This has resulted in wealth creation across regions, as economies of scale and boundless logistics could be merged with local manufacturing strategies close to the customer, underpinning the competitiveness of the industry and its products, facilitating the creation of highly skilled jobs, and lowering prices for consumers.  Forging positive trade relations with key global partners, therefore, remains an important objective to pursue.

A point in case was presented by a coalition of downstream users of steel – including the automotive, construction equipment, agriculture machinery, home appliance and technology industry sectors – writing this week to the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, to express concerns on the EU safeguard investigation into steel products launched in March. The application of ever greater layers of protection for it will ultimately only have a negative impact on downstream users of these products, the letter argues.

Another important enabler of the global value chain concerns harmonisation and cooperation in the field of technical requirements. Here, more positive news is there to report. CLEPA, founding member of the European Automotive and Telecom Alliance (EATA), participated in the 3rd Ministerial High-level Meeting on Connected and Automated Driving last month, to assess progress and challenges to getting connected and automated vehicles on Europe’s roads in a far-reaching, coordinated manner.

Importantly also, the UN-ECE World Forum for Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) last week adopted a new structure to give the highest priority to activities on automated, autonomous and connected driving, recognising the need to timely address the fast pace of technological developments in that field. CLEPA will provide the secretariat role in the newly established Task Force on Automated Vehicles “TF AutoVeh” of WP.29, dedicated to the development of a global vision and set of principles for safety assessment and certification of highly automated vehicle functions. This will be a completely new assessment regime to provide reassurances concerning highly automated vehicle safety performance under real life traffic conditions.

Cooperation is a key ingredient, too, in research & innovation, as was demonstrated during the 3rd CLEPA Innovation Awards Gala earlier this month in The Hague. For the first time, special recognition was given to high-flying SMEs, recognising ingenuity and resourcefulness among smaller- and mid-sized companies, that are equally an integral part of the global value chain. Ultimately, innovation remains at the heart of the automotive suppliers’ strategies to maintain their leadership and competitiveness.


Sigrid de Vries

CLEPA Secretary General

BMW has its Roadster Z4 built by Magna in Graz

BMW is once again strengthening its cooperation with the Graz site of Magna Steyr, the Austrian subsidiary of the Canadian component supplier.

in Austrian Business Agency, 27-06-2018

At present the automobile component supplier and contract manufacturer is already building the 5er Limousine for premium BMW models. Every second engine of the Bavarian luxury brand comes from the Austrian production plant in Steyr. Now the new Roadster Z4 is also being assembled by  Magna in Graz. BMW considers this to be a further commitment to Austria as a business location on the part of the BMW Group. Production will commence before the end of 2018.

Magna has already been collaborating with BMW since the year 2001. The first BMW X3 produced by Magna in Graz left the assembly lines in 2003, followed other types of vehicles. Part of the production volume of the BMW 5er series with combustion engines as well as a hybrid version have been manufactured in Graz since 2017.

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali.

in Engineering News, by Irma Venter, 27-06-2018

The group also kick-started its mobility operations in the East African country.

The total investment in the country for Phase 1 of the operations is $20-million, said Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schaefer.

Assembly operations happen in partnership with the CFAO group, in the form of CFAO Motors Rwanda, and includes a dealership on the premises.

The mobility solutions company is a 100% Volkswagen venture.

Assembly operations in Rwanda follow on the start of SKD assembly in Kenya, which kicked off in December 2016.

Both the Rwanda and Kenya plants are supplied with vehicle kits from the VWSA plant in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape.

Production capacity at the Kigali plant reached around 5 000 units a year, said Schaefer. Production for the first year was estimated at 1 000 cars a year.

Vehicles to be assembled include the Polo, Tiguan, Passat, Teramont (a sports utility vehicles not distributed in South Africa) and possibly also the Amarok.

“We’ll see what the market demands,” noted Schaefer.

He added that Rwandan President Paul Kagame was personally involved in the project from its initiation in 2016.

The Rwandan government offered Volkswagen a seven-year tax holiday, starting this year, as well as duty-free parts imports for as long as the assembly plant is operational.

To date, the incentives have not included halting the imports of second-hand vehicles – a fact which typically hampers the start of new-vehicle assembly in any country.

There were indications that Rwanda was, however, considering this, said Schaefer.

“We did not ask for this, however.”

“Most cars on our roads are used,” noted Kagame, who is also the current African Union chairperson, at the opening event. “Africa does not need to be a dumping ground for second-hand cars or second-hand anything.

“Africa is not merely positioning itself as a low-cost hub for manufacturing goods for exports,” he added. “African consumers will also be among the biggest contributors to growth in global demand in the years ahead.”

The Rwanda new-vehicle market was estimated at around 3 000 trucks and cars a year.

The combined Rwanda assembly and mobility operations are expected to create around 1 000 jobs, including technicians, assembly workers and drivers.

Phase 2 of the Rwanda project could, possibly, see an expansion at the production facility to up to 10 000 vehicles a year, scaling up the number of mobility vehicles on the road, and setting up operations in other cities in Rwanda.

The mobility solutions, to be launched in a staggered fashion, included corporate car-sharing, a solution in which approved company employees can book a vehicle for use on a per-hour basis; e-hailing (similar to Uber); car sharing, and shuttles, which operate on fixed routes and time tables.

“They would have a fleet of vehicles available we’d look after.”

The majority of cars to be initially assembled at the Kigali plant will be used for these mobility solutions.

Schaefer said the vehicles used to provide mobility solutions would typically be disposed of as used vehicles within two to four years, creating “an ecosystem that fed itself”.

VWSA could soon sign memoranda of agreement with Ghana and Ethiopia to investigate also establishing some form of mobility and/or assembly operations in these countries.

“Each country will have its own solution. Rwanda’s mobility solution will not necessarily work in other countries,” said Schaefer.

The success of South Africa’s automotive industry was closely linked to the fortunes of Africa, said Schaefer, who is also African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) chairperson.

“If we do not get Africa right as a combined market, we can says goodbye to the South African [automotive assembly] industry in the next ten years. South Africa is symbiotically linked to the future of Africa.”

The AAAM is pushing for three, possibly four vehicle production centres on the continent, as part of a pan-African automotive deal. These include South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and possibly Ethiopia.

South Africa could, for example, produce pickups, while Kenya could possibly assemble trucks and buses, said Schaefer.

“The only way to promote and grow the industry is to connect these markets so that everybody gets a piece of the pie. We need to find a clever split. We need to create a pie big enough so that everyone can win.”

Schaefer believed that the Kenya and Nigerian new-vehicle markets could grow to the levels seen in South Africa, at around 600 000 new vehicles sold a year.

“The opportunity is significant, if we can work together.”

Schaefer said the AAAM was “pushing” the execution of this project through the World Economic Forum.

BMW’s Dutch Mini production provides Brexit hedge

BMW is cutting its dependence on its factory in Oxford, England, for Mini production by expanding a Dutch assembly site.

in Automotive News Europe, by  | Reuters, 27-06-2018

By building up a second export base for Mini outside of Britain, BMW can mitigate any damage caused by a possible hard exit from the European Union’s single market.

BMW has spent the past four years stepping up production capacity at a new European export hub for the Mini with contract manufacturer VDL Nedcar.

At VDL Nedcar staffing levels have jumped to about 7,200 today, from around 4,500 last year and 1,450 in 2014, VDL said. VDL declined to give a current figure for vehicle production, but said capacity has risen beyond 170,000 vehicles last year, from 89,000 vehicles in 2016.

“The numbers at VDL Nedcar have nothing to do with the current Brexit discussions,” BMW said.

By contrast staffing levels at BMW’s British plant have remained relatively stable during the same period, with just over 4,500 people working on building Minis in Oxford.

The plant in Oxford made about 60 percent of the 378,486 Mini’s produced last year.

BMW said VDL’s staffing levels have jumped after it added the assembly of BMW’s popular X1 model to the Dutch production line in August last year, in addition to building the Mini hatch, Mini plug-in hybrid and Mini convertible at the plant in the southern Dutch town of Born.

Committed to UK operations

Asked whether the company was actively considering moving production out of Britain due to uncertainty over future trade relationships, BMW executive Ian Robertson said: “No we’re not.”

“We are committed to our operations in the UK, our workforce here,” the automaker’s special representative for Britain said at a conference on Tuesday.

Comments published in the Financial Times from another BMW executive on Monday suggested that BMW would close its British factories which make Mini and Rolls-Royce cars if Brexit leads to serious supply chain disruption.

Robertson said those comments were taken out of context and referred to supply chain disruption resulting in delays to production at factories.

Asked about the impact of Brexit uncertainty on any new production in Britain, Robertson said there were no investment choices to be made on that front.

“In our cycle we are in an enviable place because we took a lot of decisions three and a half years ago and as a result we don’t need to make any decisions right now,” he said on the sidelines of a conference in London.

Britain’s main car lobby group said on Tuesday that a lack of clarity on Brexit had halved new investment in the industry and urged Prime Minister Theresa May to keep the world’s fifth largest economy in the EU’s customs union.

Reyes Maroto, Ministra de Industria: «La industria española de componentes para automoción es uno de los sectores mejor preparados para el futuro»

Encuentro ‘Impacto de las nuevas tecnologías en el vehículo’

in SERNAUTO, 26-06-2018

  • «La fuerte apuesta que estáis haciendo los proveedores españoles de automoción por la diferenciación tecnológica os está posicionando como una de las industrias más innovadoras del país», destacó la Ministra.
  • En su intervención, mostró su apoyo a las medidas de la Agenda Sectorial de la Industria de Automoción y a la potenciación del Foro de Diálogo del Sector.
  • Con una inversión en I+D+i de 1.530 millones de euros (el 4,2% de su facturación), los proveedores españoles están ya desarrollando los componentes de los vehículos del futuro.

Madrid, 26 de junio de 2018 / La Ministra de Industria, Comercio y Turismo, Reyes Maroto, clausuró ayer el Encuentro ‘Impacto de las nuevas tecnologías en el vehículo’, organizado por SERNAUTO (la Asociación Española de Proveedores de Automoción) y celebrado en las instalaciones de la Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) en Madrid.

En el que fue uno de sus primeros actos públicos, la Ministra destacó que se trata de un sector “que está a la vanguardia de la I+D+i gracias a la apuesta que están haciendo sus empresas para aprovechar los cambios derivados del progreso tecnológico. Prueba de ello, es el aumento continuado de la inversión en I+D+i realizado por el sector de componentes que, continúo diciendo, “demuestra la fuerte apuesta que estáis haciendo los proveedores españoles de automoción por la diferenciación tecnológica que os está posicionando como una de las industrias más innovadoras del país”. Como afirmó: “la apuesta por la innovación, por el esfuerzo continuo, por la proximidad al cliente y la formación sitúan a este sector como uno de los mejor preparados para afrontar los retos futuros”.

La Ministra reconoció asimismo la labor de la Asociación como interlocutor de referencia y el trabajo realizado en defensa del sector: “SERNAUTO, nos consta en el Ministerio, realiza un gran esfuerzo a través de la participación en distintos proyectos, tanto nacionales como de la Unión Europea, y un ejemplo de ello es el proyecto europeo Drives”.

La Ministra mostró su apoyo y compromiso “para que la industria de equipos y componentes de automoción continúe creando riqueza y empleo en nuestro país”. En este sentido, confirmó su voluntad de trabajar en las medidas propuestas en la Agenda Sectorial de la Industria de Automoción, elaborada por SERNAUTO, ANFAC y KPMG y presentada el año pasado.

De igual manera, abogó por reforzar la colaboración público-privada “que debe seguir materializándose a través de la potenciación del Foro de Diálogo del Sector de Automoción como punto de encuentro entre la industria, los agentes sociales y todas las administraciones involucradas”.

El Encuentro fue inaugurado por el Director General de EOI, Adolfo Cazorla, y la Presidenta de SERNAUTO, María Helena Antolin. Adolfo Cazorla mostró su satisfacción por la relación establecida entre su Escuela y el sector de componentes, un sector que goza de un “liderazgo mundial incuestionable”.

En su intervención, la Presidenta de SERNAUTO resaltó la alta inversión realizada por los proveedores españoles de automoción en I+D+i que en 2017 alcanzó los 1.530 millones de euros, lo que supone el 4,2% de la facturación del sector. “Con el apoyo de centros tecnológicos y universidades, los fabricantes de componentes en España ya estamos trabajando en los componentes del futuro, incorporando tanto a los procesos productivos como a los productos, el estado del arte de la tecnología”, afirmó.

La primera ponencia del encuentro, titulada ‘Preparándonos para un cambio radical en el ecosistema de la Automoción’, fue pronunciada por Cristóbal Colón, Director de Arthur D. Little, quien destacó que “la industria europea es la que más está innovando”. Según las hipótesis planteadas, la innovación en los motores de combustión interna va a ser la clave para poder acercarnos a los objetivos de emisiones de CO2 planteados por la Unión Europea aunque, como expuso, “no existe ningún escenario que nos indique que se puedan alcanzar en el plazo previsto”.

A continuación, se celebró la mesa redonda titulada ‘Innovación 360º en el Sector de Automoción’ que fue moderada por el Director General de SERNAUTO, José Portilla. En ella participaron Jaime Moreno, Subdirector General de Gestión de la Movilidad de DGT; Encarna Maroño, Directora de Recursos Humanos de Adecco; Luis Moreno, Director General de CTAG; y Cecilia Medina, Responsable de I+D+i de SERNAUTO. Estas son algunas de las conclusiones compartidas por los ponentes:

  • Jaime Moreno (DGT): “Desde la DGT estamos abiertos a colaborar y a escuchar para fomentar que España realmente sea un lugar propicio para el desarrollo de estas nuevas tecnologías”.
  • Encarna Maroño (Adecco): “La tecnología viene a nuestras compañías para hacernos más eficientes y competitivos pero el valor seguirá estando siempre del lado de las personas”.
  • Luis Moreno (CTAG): “El papel de los centros tecnológicos de automoción como catalizadores de innovación es fundamental”.
  • Cecilia Medina (SERNAUTO): “Los fabricantes de componentes ya estamos trabajando en el vehículo del futuro aportando más del 75% del valor total del mismo y tenemos que estar preparados porque este porcentaje tiende a incrementarse con la introducción de las nuevas tecnologías y los nuevos modelos de negocio”.

Al término de la mesa redonda, tomó la palabra David Moneo, Director de los Salones de Automoción de Ifema, quien presentó las principales novedades de la próxima edición de Automechanika Motortec Madrid que se celebrará del 13 al 16 de marzo de 2019. Como afirmó, la 15ª edición será todo un escaparate de innovación y un punto clave del sector.

La ponencia final fue realizada por Ricardo Oliveira, Fundador y CEO de World Shopper, que hizo un repaso sobre las tres principales tendencias disruptivas a las que se está enfrentando el sector de automoción, mencionando diversos ejemplos tanto de tecnologías existentes en la actualidad como de aquellas que estarán disponibles en el corto plazo.

El Encuentro ha contado con el patrocinio de la consultora Arthur D. Little y la colaboración de Adecco.

European Automotive suppliers spent more than 26€ billion in R&D during 2017

The annual investment into R&D by the automobile and parts sector has risen by 7.4% to reach an all-time high of €53.8 billion, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Link

in CLEPA. 26-06-2018

This figure reflects on the increase of the automotive suppliers share, where the investment raises up to more than 26€ billion. CLEPA estimates that in the upcoming years, the expenditure of the automotive suppliers, which now accounts for around half of the expenditure from OEMs, will increase link

According to the 2017 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard link, Worldwide companies’ R&D investment increased by 5.8% over the previous year, the sixth consecutive year of significant increases. The companies headquartered in the EU increased their R&D investments more than the global average of up to 7.0%.

The automobile and parts sector is responsible for 27% of the region’s total R&D spending, which makes the sector the EU’s number one investor in R&D.

For years, European automotive suppliers have registered the most patents for innovations in emissions and safety by bringing to the market an increasing diversity of products, with ever shorter development and production cycles, with over 8,700 automotive patents were granted by the European Patent Office last year.

Latest diesel cars emit low on-road pollutant emissions, contrary to recent misleading claims

Contrary to misleading claims in a new report, the latest Euro 6d diesel cars emit low pollutant emissions on the road under the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test, which came into application in September 2017.

in ACEA, 06-06-2018

Under RDE, a car is driven on public roads over a wide range of conditions using portable measuring equipment. RDE complements the lab test, WLTP, to ensure that pollutant emission levels measured during the laboratory test are confirmed on the road.

“The claims from the new ‘TRUE’ study are misleading for consumers,” stated Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). “EU policy makers will be equally disappointed that there is no acknowledgement that the latest Euro 6 diesel cars complying with the new RDE legislation are very clean.”

The claims made in this study are based on ‘remote sensing’ results collected between 2011 and 2017. They therefore do not evaluate the on-road performance of the latest diesel vehicles approved to the Euro 6d standard since September 2017.

Jonnaert: “As all cars tested as part of this ‘TRUE’ initiative were pre-Euro 6d vehicles, the fact that they do not meet emissions requirements that only became mandatory after they were put on the market is not surprising.”

The automobile industry has invested heavily to achieve significant improvements in emissions from RDE-compliant Euro 6 vehicles. Recent studies* have shown that these new diesel cars effectively deliver very low pollutant emissions not only in the laboratory, but also on the road. Indeed, the data from the newest Euro 6d diesel cars tested under the rigorous RDE test paint a very positive picture.

Research by FuelsEurope and the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC) also shows that the latest generation of diesel vehicles will continue to play a major role in helping reach future CO2 targets. Likewise, these vehicles will also have a positive impact on improving air quality, along with other local measures, in areas where exceedance of NO2 remains a concern.


Notes for editors

The TRUE study involved the ICCT, FIA Foundation, Global NCAP, Transport & Environment (T&E) and C40 cities.

This study claims to cover 90% of the EU-registered cars by having scanned 4,850 vehicle models. While remote sensing is a promising technology, there still remain many concerns about how and where it can be used to ensure that:

  • the emissions performance of passing cars are correctly assessed in the fraction of time that it takes to make such a scan; and
  • the result for a certain car is attributed correctly to that car within the confines of EU data protection law.

The ranking of vehicles based on several scans of less than one second in duration can only give a snapshot of a car’s emissions performance. In this respect, these results should be considered only in relation to other on-road measurement techniques.

* ADAC, Nur noch geringer Stickoxid-Ausstoß bei neuesten Diesel-Modellen, 23 April 2018,

SEAT liderará la expansión del Grupo Volkswagen en el Norte de África

SEAT ha sido designada por el Grupo Volkswagen para liderar el crecimiento del grupo automovilístico en el Norte de África.

in AutoRevista, 25-06-2018

La compañía española coordinará a partir de ahora la estrategia del Grupo y de sus marcas establecidas en esta región, identificará sinergias e impulsará acuerdos de colaboración con otras empresas. Esta decisión se enmarca en la estrategia del Grupo Volkswagen de descentralizar su estructura, a través de sus marcas, con el objetivo de ganar en rapidez y eficiencia.

El presidente de SEAT, Luca de Meo, ha destacado que “el Grupo Volkswagen ha confiado a SEAT el liderazgo del Norte de África tras el éxito del proyecto iniciado el año pasado en Argelia con la planta de ensamblaje de Relizane, que está funcionando a plena capacidad. Es una responsabilidad liderar la estrategia del Grupo en una región emergente como el Norte de África y la asumimos convencidos de que podemos hacerlo”.

Fuentes de la compañía subrayan que el Norte de África es una de las regiones clave en la estrategia de globalización de SEAT. La compañía tiene como objetivo incrementar la presencia internacional fuera de Europa y reforzar su presencia en los cinco continentes. Argelia desempeña un papel esencial en esta estrategia. El país norteafricano es uno de los cinco mercados mundiales con un mayor volumen de ventas de SEAT en 2018, junto con Alemania, España, el Reino Unido y Francia, y el país en el que las entregas crecen a un ritmo más alto, con 10.700 vehículos vendidos entre enero y mayo (1.000 en el mismo periodo de 2017). Además, SEAT cuenta con una presencia sólida en otros países de la región, como Marruecos y Túnez.

Desde SEAT remarcan que la puesta en funcionamiento de la planta de Relizane ha disparado las ventas de SEAT en Argelia este año, gracias al ensamblaje de la nueva generación del Ibiza. Además, la marca iniciará en las próximas semanas la comercialización del León y el Arona en el mercado argelino, que, al igual que el Ibiza, se fabricarán en Martorell, para ser ensamblados en Relizane. En esta planta también se ensamblan diferentes modelos de Volkswagen, Škoda y Volkswagen Vehículos Comerciales, todos ellos para el mercado argelino. Por otra parte, una de las misiones de SEAT es contribuir a la creación de una red de proveedores de la industria del automóvil en Argelia, con el fin de desarrollar y ensamblar nuevos modelos en este país.

La nueva responsabilidad de SEAT se enmarca dentro de una estrategia global, por la que la marca Volkswagen se encargará de las regiones de Norteamérica, Sudámerica y Subshariana; Audi se ocupará de de Oriente Medio y Asia-Pacífico, excepto China, que será gestionada por el Grupo; y Skoda asumirá competencias similares en Rusia e India (proyecto “India 2.0”). En el subcontinente asiático, los próximos modelos serán diseñados y producidos localmente en India sobre la plataforma MQB del Grupo Volkswagen.