Suppliers in Spain are battling to retain work after Volkswagen group decided to shift light commercial vehicle production to Poznan, Poland.
Some Spanish suppliers are switching their own parts production from Spain to plants closer to Poznan. VW will discontinue production of the VW Caddy and Seat Inca at Martorell, Spain, in August and build a replacement VW light commercial vehicle in Poznan starting next January.
Burgos, Spain-based Grupo Antolin will supply the Polish plant with interior headliners from another plant in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic.
Ficos of Barcelona said it will source mirrors from a plant in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
Gestamp, a German parts fabricator, will switch much of its sourcing in the Iberian peninsula to plants in Hungary and Gottigen, Germany.
"But about 20 parts will come from Gestamp plants in northern Portugal, because it's cheaper to ship them than to produce them locally," a Gestamp source said.
A spokesman for the Martorell plant declined to say how many of the plant's 1,200 suppliers would be affected by the production shift.
For suppliers making parts for the Seat Ibiza and Cordoba at Martorell, the increased production of those models is a bonus.
But VW wants to maintain relationships with many of the Spanish suppliers losing Caddy business. A VW source said many will be considered for future models.