Sector Automóvel, muito preocupado com a Grave Crise que se vive actualmente, concorda com as medidas já tomadas pelo Governo, mas exige um Plano de Apoio Específico para as Empresas do Sector

A grave crise, que resultou da pandemia do coronavírus, irá ter os efeitos de uma guerra devastadora, com especial impacto na nossa economia.

Comunicado conjunto ACAP, AFIA, ANECRA, ARAN / 18-03-2020


O sector automóvel representa 19% do PIB, 25% das exportações de bens transacionáveis e emprega, directamente, cerca de duzentas mil pessoas. Por outro lado, em termos da União Europeia, Portugal é um dos países em que as receitas fiscais geradas pelo sector automóvel, têm um maior peso no total das receitas fiscais do Estado, representando vinte e um por cento do total dessas receitas.

O sector automóvel aprova as medidas que têm vindo a ser tomadas pelo Governo, assim como as recomendações sanitárias para as empresas e trabalhadores, as quais estão a ser rigorosamente cumpridas. As empresas, desde o início da crise, têm vindo a aplicar planos de contingência de modo a que, por um lado, possam proteger os seus colaboradores e, por outro, possam continuar a sua laboração de modo a que as consequências, em termos económicos, não sejam ainda mais negativas.

É de salientar, que este é um sector composto por todo o tipo de empresas, desde as maiores exportadoras às pequenas e médias, às microempresas e empresários em nome individual. Por outro lado, este tecido empresarial tem um cobertura alargada a todo o território nacional, sendo o maior empregador em muitas regiões do nosso país.

É, neste sentido, que as Associações signatárias ACAP, AFIA, ANECRA e ARAN, que representam as empresas de todas as áreas de actividade do Sector Automóvel, vêm alertar para a necessidade de, para além das medidas já tomadas pelo governo, ser criado um Plano específico de apoio ao sector automóvel. Estas medidas, permitirão às empresas não só atenuar esta crise, mas também para manter a sua competitividade, após este período, logo que se verifique a retoma gradual da economia.

As Associações signatárias, solicitam ao Governo que sejam tomadas medidas urgentes que passam, entre outras, pela criação de uma linha de crédito específica para as empresas deste sector (o que não foi considerado, surpreendentemente, na apresentação de hoje efetuada pelo Governo, sobre as medidas económicas); pela alteração do regime de lay-off, de modo a permitir o acesso imediato a este regime para as empresas que tenham tido uma quebra de facturação superior a 40% nos últimos trinta dias, ou comparativamente com a do mês homólogo do ano anterior e deveria, ainda, resultar claro deste regime a possibilidade de lay-off parcial e, ainda, pela alteração do regime de férias de modo a permitir , desde já, a sua marcação .

Por outro lado, e tal como aconteceu na recessão que vivemos em 2009, deverá ser implementado um plano de incentivo ao abate de veículos em fim de vida, com o objectivo de renovar o parque automóvel e permitir às empresas uma saída gradual da crise.

Por fim, com a possível declaração do estado de emergência, pedimos que a actividade de prestação de serviços através de veículos de pronto-socorro e o sector de assistência e reparação automóvel sejam considerados sectores essenciais, dado que são imprescindíveis para a manutenção da segurança dos cidadãos.

Em Portugal, o sector automóvel está presente na nossa economia e na nossa sociedade, há mais de um século e, desde sempre, assumiu o seu compromisso para com a sociedade pelo que, neste momento, particularmente difícil, iremos também contribuir para que esta pandemia seja ultrapassada rapidamente, esperando da parte do Governo a maior atenção para as propostas que apresentámos.

 

FCA Responds to COVID-19 Emergency in Europe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) (“FCA”) announced today that its subsidiaries FCA Italy and Maserati will temporarily suspend production across the majority of their European manufacturing plants.

in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 16-03-2020

 


The temporary suspension, which will be in effect through March 27, 2020, continues the implementation of a comprehensive set of actions in response to the COVID-19 emergency and enables the Group to effectively respond to the interruption in market demand by ensuring the optimization of supply. In particular, the suspension of production is being facilitated to enable the Group to be ready to commence production promptly once market conditions allow.

The updated production plan will temporarily close the following facilities with effect for the month of March:

  • Italy: Melfi, G. Vico (Pomigliano), Cassino, Mirafiori Carrozzerie, Grugliasco, and Modena;
  • Serbia: Kragujevac
  • Poland: Tychy

As previously communicated, FCA has been proactively modifying production protocols at several plants including enhancing social distancing between employees at work-stations.

Across all facilities, FCA has increased cleaning and sanitization and other improvements for employee safety. Strict controls and security measures have been applied to canteens and to external access to all Group sites. At FCA offices, the company has accelerated the deployment of working remotely (‘Smart Working’) with this option now widely available to employees across the world.

The Group will make use of these stoppages to implement revisions to production and quality control protocols to benefit our customers and enhance overall productivity. The Group is working with its supply base and business partners to be ready to enable our manufacturing operations to deliver previously planned total levels of production despite the suspension when market demand returns.

 

Portugal entrou no clube dos países que exportam mais de 300 mil automóveis por ano

«As exportações do setor automóvel tiveram um crescimento muito significativo em 2019, que atingiu os 13 mil milhões de euros», disse o Ministro de Estado, da Economia e da Transição Digital, Pedro Siza Vieira, durante uma visita à fábrica da Volkswagen Autoeuropa, em Palmela.

in XXII Governo da República Portuguesa, 20-02-2020


O Ministro acrescentou que «num momento em que o mercado automóvel mundial está com algumas incertezas, é bom ver que os nossos produtores estão a ter capacidade de ganhar quota de mercado»

Siza Vieira sublinhou que Portugal entrou «finalmente no clube dos grandes produtores de automóveis, no clube Mais de 300 000» – clube dos países que produzem mais de 300 000 automóveis por ano.

Todo o setor cresceu

Em 2019 – «um ano muito bom» – «todos os produtores de automóveis portugueses cresceram em vendas e, sobretudo, em toda a fileira, não apenas na produção de automóveis, mas também a produção de componentes acabou por ter um ano recorde. As exportações crescerem muito significativamente», acrescentou.

Para este aumento das exportações, «a Autoeuropa deu um contributo muito significativo. Mais de 74% destes automóveis vendidos para o exterior foram produzidos aqui em Palmela».

Pedro Siza Vieira apontou também o facto de a Autoeuropa estar a utilizar cada vez mais a via férrea para transportar as viaturas para o porto de Setúbal, ponto de partida, por via marítima, de grande parte das exportações da fábrica.

O Ministro dedica dois dias ao setor automóvel para assinalar os números recorde de exportações registados em 2019, o valor máximo da última década. Acompanhado pelo Secretário de Estado Adjunto e da Economia, João Neves, Siza Vieira visita, além da Volkswagen Autoeuropa, no dia 21, a Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe, no Tramagal, em Abrantes, a PSA Peugeot Citroen, em Mangualde, e a CaetanoBus, em Vila Nova de Gaia.

 

Ministro de Estado, da Economia e da Transição Digital, Pedro Siza Vieira, visita a fábrica da Volkswagen Autoeuropa, Palmela, 20 fevereiro 2020

 

Presidente da AFIA apresenta os componentes automóveis portugueses à indústria química espanhola

No dia 20 de Janeiro o Conselho Económico da FEIQUE – Federação Empresarial da Indústria Química Espanhola realizou em Madrid uma reunião subordinada ao tema “A economia e a indústria química em Portugal e sectores relacionados”..

in AFIA, 24-01-2020


A reunião começou com o discurso de António Saraiva, Presidente da CIP, que efectuou o retrato d ”A economia portuguesa e suas perspectivas” e René Van Sloten, Director Executivo de Política Industrial do CEFIC – Conselho Europeu da Indústria Química, delineou os desafios da indústria química europeia na sua caminhada até 2050.

A sessão continuou com a descrição da indústria química portuguesa por João Fugas da BONDALTI, seguindo-se então José Couto, Presidente da AFIA, que apresentou o estado-da-arte da indústria portuguesa de componentes para automóveis e suas perspectivas.

Por fim, António Manzoni da AECOPS expôs o sector da construção em Portugal.

Da parte de Portugal também participaram a APQuímica e a APIP.

Constituído por 3.300 empresas, o sector químico espanhol é responsável por mais de 13% do PIB industrial, no ano de 2018 atingiu um volume de negócios na ordem dos 66 mil milhões de euros e emprega directamente quase 197.000 pessoas.

 

 

European industries unite to call for an ambitious EU industrial strategy

Industry4Europe, a coalition of 149 sector Associations representing the diversity of the EU’s industrial base, today published its new Joint Paper ‘A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’. Through cross-sectoral recommendations, the Industry4Europe coalition contributes to the future EU industrial strategy announced by European Commission President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen.

in Industy4Europe, 26-11-2019


The Joint Paper presents concrete industrial policy proposals in seven priority fields; business-friendly policy environment, sustainability at business core, upgraded skills and training, enhanced research and innovation, investment and improved access to finance, reinforcement of the European Single Market and strengthened trade and international market access.

The 149 industry organisations behind Industry4Europe stand united in their repeated calls for an ambitious and long-term EU industrial strategy that must help Europe remain a hub for a leading, smart, innovative and sustainable industry, that provides quality jobs and benefits all Europeans and future generations.

“With its skilled workforce and its global reputation for quality and sustainability, our industry is vital for Europe and its prosperity”, said Philippe Citroën, Coordinator of the Industry4Europe Coalition. “The European Union needs an ambitious industrial strategy now to compete with other global regions that have already put industry at the very top of their political agenda. It is essential for a horizonal, coherent and focused industrial policy to support the backbone of the European economy and which protects citizens and the global environment”.

European Commission President-Elect von der Leyen has said clearly in her Political Guidelines for the upcoming mandate that she would, “put forward my plan for a future-ready economy, our new industrial strategy”. The Industry4Europe coalition welcomes this ambition and hopes that its explicit policy recommendations will find a central place in any comprehensive long-term industrial strategy that comes out of the EU institutions.

The Industry4Europe coalition therefore looks forward to working with all policymakers – notably the designated Executive Vice-Presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Margrethe Vestager and Commissioner Thierry Breton – to discuss and implement such an ambitious and much-needed EU industrial strategy.

 

Joint Paper ‘A long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future: from words to action’

 

 

Presidente da AFIA traçou o retrato da indústria automóvel

José Couto foi um dos oradores convidados da conferência Automotive Portugal, organizada pela Supply Chain Magazine e pela Universidade de Aveiro.

in AFIA, 22-11-2019


O Presidente da AFIA caracterizou o estado actual da indústria automóvel e os desafios que as empresas têm que ultrapassar.

O tema da conferência, realizada na Universidade de Aveiro, 21 de Novembro, foi ‘A Revolução Verde’, e contou ainda, entre outras, com intervenções de Associados da AFIA: Bosch, Microplásticos e Simoldes.

 

 

 

Groupe PSA and FCA plan to join forces to build a world leader for a new era in sustainable mobility

Discussions have opened a path to the creation of a new group with global scale and resources owned 50% by Groupe PSA shareholders and 50% by FCA shareholders. In a rapidly changing environment, with new challenges in connected, electrified, shared and autonomous mobility, the combined entity would leverage its strong global R&D footprint and ecosystem to foster innovation and meet these challenges with speed and capital efficiency.

in PSA / FCA, 31-10-2019


  • The combination would create the 4th largest global OEM in terms of annual unit sales (8.7m vehicles)
  • At its inception, the combined company would realize among the highest margins in the markets where it would operate, based on FCA’s strength in North America and Latin America and Groupe PSA’s in Europe
  • The combination would unite the groups’ respective brand strengths across Luxury, Premium, Mainstream Passenger Car, SUV and Trucks & Light Commercial – making them stronger together
  • The merged entity would bring together the companies’ extensive and growing capabilities in the technologies shaping the new era of sustainable mobility, including electrified powertrain, autonomous driving and digital connectivity
  • Approximately €3.7 billion estimated annual run-rate synergies without any plant closures resulting from the transaction
  • Highly respected combined management team recognised for exceptional value creation and with proven success in previous OEM combinations
  • Dutch parent company Board would have balanced representation and a majority of independent Directors. John Elkann as Chairman and Carlos Tavares as CEO and member of the Board

London and Rueil Malmaison 31 October 2019. The Supervisory Board of Peugeot S.A. and the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (“FCA”) (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA). have each unanimously agreed to work towards a full combination of their respective businesses by way of a 50/50 merger. Both boards have given the mandate to their respective teams to finalize the discussions to reach a binding Memorandum of Understanding in the coming weeks.

The plan to combine the Groupe PSA and FCA businesses follows intensive discussions between the senior managements of the two companies. Both share the conviction that there is compelling logic for a bold and decisive move that would create an industry leader with the scale, capabilities and resources to capture successfully the opportunities and manage effectively the challenges of the new era in mobility.

The proposed combination would create the 4th largest global OEM in terms of unit sales (8.7 million vehicles), with combined revenues of nearly €170 billion[1] and recurring operating profit of over €11 billion[2] on a simple aggregated basis of 2018 results excluding Magneti Marelli and Faurecia. The significant value accretion resulting from the transaction is estimated to be approximately €3.7 billion in annual run-rate synergies derived principally from a more efficient allocation of resources for large-scale investments in vehicle platforms, powertrain and technology and from the enhanced purchasing capability inherent in the combined group’s new scale. These synergy estimates are not based on any plant closures.

It is projected that 80% of the synergies would be achieved after 4 years. The total one-time cost of achieving the synergies is estimated at €2.8 billion.

The shareholders of each company would own 50% of the equity of the newly combined group and would therefore share equally in the benefits arising from the combination. The transaction would be affected by way of a merger under a Dutch parent company and the governance structure of the new company would be balanced between the contributing shareholders, with the majority of the directors being independent. The Board would be composed of 11 members. Five Board members would be nominated by FCA (including John Elkann as Chairman) and five would be nominated by Groupe PSA (including the Senior Independent Director and the Vice Chairman)[3]. The Chief Executive Officer would be Carlos Tavares for an initial term of five years and he would also be a member of the Board.

Carlos Tavares said: “This convergence brings significant value to all the stakeholders and opens a bright future for the combined entity. I’m pleased with the work already done with Mike and will be very happy to work with him to build a great company together.”

Mike Manley said, “I’m delighted by the opportunity to work with Carlos and his team on this potentially industry-changing combination. We have a long history of successful cooperation with Groupe PSA and I am convinced that together with our great people we can create a world class global mobility company.”

The new group’s Dutch-domiciled parent company would be listed on Euronext (Paris), the Borsa Italiana (Milan) and the New York Stock Exchange and would continue to maintain significant presences in the current operating head-office locations in France, Italy and the US.

It is proposed that the by-laws of the new combined company would provide that the loyalty voting program will not operate to grant voting rights to any single shareholder in the Shareholders Meeting exceeding 30%[4] of the total votes cast. It is also foreseen that there would be no carry over of existing double voting rights but that new double voting rights would accrue after a three-year holding period after completion of the merger.

A standstill in respect of the shareholdings of EXOR N.V., Bpifrance Participations SA, DFG and the Peugeot Family would apply for a period of 7 years following completion of the merger. EXOR, Bpifrance Participations and the Peugeot Family would be subject to a 3-year lock-up in respect of their shareholdings except that the Peugeot Family would be permitted to increase its shareholding by up to 2.5% during the first 3 years following the closing, only by acquiring shares from Bpifrance Participations and DFG.

Prior to the completion of the transaction, FCA would distribute to its shareholders a special dividend of €5.5 billion, as well as its shareholding in Comau. In addition, prior to completion, Peugeot would distribute to its shareholders its 46% stake in Faurecia. This would enable the combined groups’ shareholders to equally share in the synergies and benefits that would flow from a merger while recognizing the significant value of FCA’s differentiated platform in North America and strong position in Latin America, including its market-leading margins in those regions. It would also reflect the added value that FCA’s higher-end global brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati would bring given their substantial development potential.

The extended portfolio would cover all market segments with iconic brands and strong products based on rationalized platforms and optimization of investments.

The proposal would be submitted to the information and consultation process of the relevant employee bodies, and would be subject to customary closing conditions, including final board approvals of the binding Memorandum of Understanding and agreement on definitive documentation.

 

 

 

 

UK Auto gives reality check on ‘no deal’ Brexit, as new survey shows one in three firms already shedding jobs

  • New survey shows escalating fears of ‘no deal’ Brexit to UK automotive sector, with a third cutting jobs and 80.3% concerned about damage to their future business prospects.1
  • More than £500m already wasted on measures that will not deliver returns, rather than being invested in much-needed R&D.2
  • Profitability, new business opportunities and investment all under threat as industry faces £5bn WTO tariff bill on cars and vans alone – a cost which cannot be mitigated.3
  • All sides urged to agree an orderly withdrawal with sufficient transition time to negotiate an ambitious free and frictionless economic relationship between the UK and the EU.

in SMMT, 15-10-2019


With fewer than 20 days to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, the British automotive industry is today urging an end to dangerous talk of ‘no deal’ and for all sides to focus energies on an orderly withdrawal to safeguard jobs and the sector’s long-term survival. The call comes as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) publishes the results of a new survey revealing the escalating fears of an industry dependent on free and frictionless trade with the EU.

The results are consistent and striking. One in three UK automotive businesses is already cutting jobs, up from one in eight when the survey was last carried out in November 2018. Four-fifths (80.3%) fear leaving the EU without a deal will have negative consequences for their future prospects (up from 74.1% 10 months ago).

Virtually the same number (79.6%) are worried about the impact on their profitability while two-thirds (62.2%) are saying ‘no deal’ will impact their ability to win overseas business and a similar number state that they will be unable to invest in their UK operations.

In a sign that the mere threat of ‘no deal’ has already hurt the UK, 11.8% of firms said that they had already divested from their UK-based operations and 13.4% are relocating operations overseas. Overall, three quarters (77.2%) of firms say that there has already been a negative impact on business even before the UK has left the EU.

The industry has also taken considerable steps to prepare for the possibility of ‘no deal’, with the vast majority (73.2%) actively preparing for post-Brexit disruption. Almost half have spent money on stockpiling and warehousing to mitigate against the risk of border delays and production stoppage and SMMT’s 2019 UK Automotive Trade Report calculates that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would knock £50,000 a minute off the sector’s economic contribution.4 Meanwhile, a third have made adjustments to logistics and shipping routes, and 26.8% have been forced to invest hard-won profits in new customs infrastructure, despite a recognition that such systems cannot guarantee against border delays in the event of ‘no deal’.

Separate SMMT research has already shown that some of the UK’s biggest automotive manufacturers have spent more than £500 million in an attempt to mitigate at least some of the risks of a ‘no deal’ scenario. The industry cannot, however, fully prepare for all the uncertainties and many will not survive the application of a 10% tariff on finished vehicles as they already operate on wafer-thin margins. At a time when the global automotive industry is striving to develop ever safer, cleaner and more advanced technology, manufacturers in the UK are being forced to waste money on ‘no deal’ survival measures.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

As the Brexit clock ticks ever closer to midnight, this survey reveals the bleak future that awaits this vital sector in the event of ‘no deal’. Damage has already been done: investment is haemorrhaging, competitiveness being undermined, UK jobs cut and vast sums wasted on the impossibility of preparing for ‘no deal’. Make no mistake, every day ‘no deal’ remains a possibility is another day of lost investment, another day that makes it harder to recover investor confidence in the UK.

As yet, the damage is not irreversible. But we need a deal. A deal that, in the short term, enables a “business as usual” transition for as long as it takes to negotiate and implement the future trading relationship. In the longer term, that deal must replicate all of the benefits we currently enjoy which means an ambitious deal that delivers free and frictionless trade. UK jobs, innovation, trading strength and economic growth all depend on the automotive sector so we urge all parties to get a good deal done before it is too late.

Automotive is the UK’s single biggest exporter of goods, trading with some 160 countries worldwide, and accounting for more than 14% of total exports. The sector is one of the country’s most valuable economic assets, directly responsible for putting food on the tables of the families of 168,000 people, supporting communities and delivering an annual £18.6 billion to the public purse – more than the NHS’ total annual spend on medicines.5 Leaving the EU without a deal would jeopardise this, causing serious economic damage and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Notes to editors

1. SMMT Member Brexit Survey – 80.3% vs 74.1%; one in three versus one in eight. Survey results based on the responses of 158 SMMT member companies to an online poll conducted in 2019.
2. SMMT member research conducted 2019.
3. Based on the application of a 10% standard tariff on cars exported to and imported from the EU.
4. 2019 UK Automotive Trade Report: https://www.smmt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019-UK-AUTOMOTIVE-TRADE-REPORT.pdf
5. £17.4 billion in 2017 – https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/rising-cost-medicines-nhs

 

 

Indústria automóvel. FMI deixa avisos sobre sector que vale 15% das exportações portuguesas

As perspetivas de curto prazo para a indústria automóvel permanecem “lentas”, avisa o Fundo Monetário Internacional no World Economic Outlook, publicado esta terça-feira. O cenário é “conservador” para um sector que vale 15% das exportações portuguesas de bens

in Expresso, por Sónia M. Lourenço, 15-10-2019


A indústria automóvel registou em 2018 a primeira contração a nível global desde 2009 e as perspetivas para 2019 e 2020 não são famosas. Quem o diz é o Fundo Monetário Internacional (FMI), no World Economic Outlook, publicado esta terça-feira, em Washington, onde decorre a assembleia-geral da organização, em conjunto com o Banco Mundial. É um alerta para Portugal, já que o sector é um dos mais importantes nas exportações portuguesas de bens, representando 15% do total nos primeiros nove meses deste ano, indicam os dados do Instituto Nacional de Estatística.

No ano passado, a evolução negativa da indústria automóvel no foi “um fator importante no abrandamento” da economia global, constata o FMI. Até porque estamos a falar de um sector “interligado a nível global com uma grande pegada económica”, frisa o Fundo.

Basta notar que os veículos e as suas partes e acessórios ocupam o quinto lugar no ranking das exportações globais de produtos, representando cerca de 8% do total em 2018.

Segundo as estimativas do FMI, a contração na produção automóvel retirou 0,04 pontos percentuais ao crescimento global no ano passado que, recorde-se, abrandou de 3,8% em 2017, para 3,6%.

Uma evolução negativa associada a fatores como a reversão de cortes fiscais na China, condições finaceiras mais apertadas, o aumento das tarifas sobre a importação de veículos, o lançamento de novos testes sobre as emissões poluentes na Europa. E que tem como pano de fundo a mudança do diesel para a gasolina e para os veículos elétricos.

E o cenário para a indústria automóvel continua a não ser animador. O FMI fala em perspetivas “lentas” no curto-prazo e num cenário “conservador”. Muito por causa do agravamento das tarifas alfandegárias, no contexto da guerra comercial entre Washington e Pequim e da incerteza relacionada com o Brexit.

Em Portugal, o ano está a ser positivo para o sector, com as exportações a subirem 13,8% entre janeiro e agosto, para 5,93 mil milhões de euros, impulsionadas pela produção do T-Roc na Autoeuropa. E a evolução positiva estende-se a outras unidades industriais.

Contudo, com as projeções internacionais a apontarem uma contração na produção global este ano e uma estagnação em 2020, os sinais são de alerta para a economia portuguesa.