Markus Haupt, president of Volkswagen Navarra, will join Seat SA on September 1 as Vice President of Production and Logistics from where, in addition, he will promote the collaboration model One.Production among plants in the Iberian Peninsula (Pamplona, Martorell and Palmela in Portugal), with the aim of achieving synergies and efficiencies in the VW Group. Pending the appointment of the new president of VW Navarra, the Director of Production, Miguel Ángel Grijalba, will take over the management of the Landaben factory on an interim basis.
The management has urgently convened the committee, UGT, CCOO, ELA, LAB, CGT and CCP, to inform them of this decision.
A year ago Emilio Sáenz was fired
Exactly one year ago, on June 30, 2021, the VW Group announced the sudden dismissal of the previous president and director of the Navarra factory, Emilio Sáenz. And 365 days later, the company returns to notify the change in the address of this plant.
Haupt assumed the position of president of Volkswagen Navarra on September 1, 2021although his appointment was already known in July of last year.
During his mandate, the factory has continued to take firm steps in the transformation of the plant, which will lead it to become a factory multibrand for electric mobility. Various work teams from Volkswagen Navarra and SEAT SA have been working together for months on the development of future and competitive production and logistics products for the models Small BEV, which are scheduled to leave the Martorell and Pamplona lines from 2025 and 2026.
Pact for the future with the committee
To achieve this transformation, another important challenge of working together, in this case with the works council of Volkswagen Navarra, will be to agree on an agreement for the future.
Haupt he returns to the Catalan factory, where he already has experience from a previous stage. Just a few weeks ago, Seat presented its project for the future with the Cupra brand, and electric models.
Thanks for the welcome and team spirit
Markus Haupt le thanks to all the staff his high motivation and excellent joint work and highlights the permanent collaboration and good understanding with the social part.
“In the time that I have been in charge of the factory, I have been able to verify first-hand what characterizes this plant for years: the increase in productivity and quality as a daily stimulus and motivation for everyone, which is undoubtedly the reason why within the Volkswagen Group we are a reference factory. The paths for the transformation of the plant are in place and I am convinced of the successful future for this Spanish team”, concluded Haupt at the time of the announcement of his new responsibilities at SEAT SA
Special milestones in the year 2021
Under the direction of Markus Haupt, for the first time in the history of Volkswagen Navarra in Pamplona, the a third model on the same production line. Exceptionally successful was the launch in September 2021 Volkswagen Taigo.
Lastly, at the end of last year Volkswagen Navarra was honored with the Lean Award to the best factory in the European automotive sector for the way in which it “takes advantage of the opportunities of industry 4.0 without throwing away the principles read overboard.”
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