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Future Fast Forward partners apply to the PERTE VEC

The partners of Future: Fast Forward, led by Volkswagen Group and SEAT S.A., have today applied to the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation program (in Spanish, PERTE) for the Electric and Connected Vehicle (in Spanish, VEC), with the ambition of turning Spain into a hub for electric vehicles in Europe.

With 62 national and international companies and benchmark firms from different sectors, it is the largest business grouping in the history of the automotive industry in Spain.

This country-wide project brings together companies from 11 autonomous communities (Andalusia, Aragon, Basque Country, Cantabria, Castile and León, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Extremadura, Galicia, Navarre and Valencian Community), 61% of which are SMEs, and between them cover the entire electric vehicle value chain.

The project presented today, in which PWC has collaborated, is formed of four main pillars. The core pillar, led by SEAT S.A. and the Volkswagen Group, aims to electrify the Martorell and Pamplona factories. The second pillar of the business group’s project is the creation of the entire battery ecosystem for electric cars in Spain, ranging from lithium extraction in the mines to battery assembly, including a battery gigafactory in Sagunto (Valencia).

The third pillar includes the localisation in Spain of essential components for electric vehicles, with the fourth including areas related to training, digitalisation and the circular economy. Overall, the project covers the nine blocks of the Electric and Connected Vehicle PERTE.

Last Friday, the association held its first general assembly in Madrid with representatives from all participating members of the Future: Fast Forward project. Marc Riera, Director of Purchasing Strategy and New Projects at SEAT S.A., has been appointed President of the Future: Fast Forward grouping general assembly. This representative body is set to meet at least twice a year.

The members of Future: Fast Forward have formed a Delegate Committee, which will meet on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the PERTE. This commission will also be chaired by Marc Riera.

In addition, associated with this assembly, three governance committees have been created. The Audit and Supervision Committee will be chaired by Blanca Montero, economist, independent member of the General Council of the ICO (Official Credit Institute) and member of the Board of Trustees of the Banco Sabadell Foundation. The Risk and Compliance Committee will be chaired by Ignacio González, lawyer and external advisor to the Board of Directors of Grupo Ferrer International S.A. & UNIRPROEDUCA. There will also be a Financial Committee, chaired by Ferran Rodríguez, an independent external, who currently chairs the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Each of these committees are independent and will report to the general assembly.

The group will also have a Project Management Office (PMO), which will be responsible for the exhaustive follow up of the evolution of the project. The PMO will ensure that the deadlines set and the budgets for the different investments are met.

KIVNON will develop three new prototypes of automatic guided vehicles (AGV /AMRs) that will allow the automation of the process from the preparation of materials in the warehouse to their contribution to the production line. The goods produced will be assembled on the automated guided vehicles and the materials used will travel in sync with the unit to be assembled on the line.

In addition, the risk of injuries in the workplace and exposure to potential hazards will be reduced, the energy efficiency of processes will be improved, and facilities will be provided with greater flexibility.