Magna Automotive expands its production in Aragon boosting their line of electric vehicles
Aragon consolidates its commitment to R&D subsidizing 28 new business projects that promoted an investment of 60 million euros
Magna Automotive will invest 15 million euros in its Pedrola plant over the next two years, which will be allocated mainly to new production lines for components for electric vehicles and the improvement of current processes, supported by aid for R&D in mobility of the Department of Economy, Planning and Employment of the Government of Aragon. With these projects under development and other products in the launch phase, the company expects to generate 50 new jobs.
Magna Automotive has been awarded a total of nearly 1.2 million euros through the two calls for R&D grants aimed at the automotive sector launched to date by the Department of Economy. The last of them, published last year, has made it possible to support one of Magna’s experimental development projects and ten other business proposals linked to sustainable mobility, in addition to four business initiatives in the pharmaceutical sector and 13 in the circular economy. These 28 subsidized business R&D projects in 2021 have made it possible to promote an investment of 60 million euros in Aragon.
In 2019, the Department of Economy had convened for the first time this type of R&D aid aimed exclusively at the development of the electric vehicle, subsidizing another nine different projects that have generated an investment of 53.9 million euros in Aragon. In that first call, Magna received a grant to create a hot stamping battery tray for electric vehicles.
The company has thanked the Government of Aragon for its support in their current and future plans which reinforces the commitment to the territory, people and industry as an economic engine for development.
Producing in Aragon since 2016
The Magna group is one of the main suppliers in the automotive sector, being a leading company in the use of technology and offering advanced solutions to facilitate mobility. Globally, the company has more than 161,000 employees and an organizational structure designed to innovate and adapt with agility. Magna’s 60 years of experience are supported by a unique systems approach for design, engineering and manufacturing that encompasses most vehicle components. Their global network includes 340 manufacturing operations and 89 sales, engineering and product development centers in 28 countries. The company is committed to a business model based on long-term sustainability and integrates Corporate Social responsibility policies into its processes.
After managing its implementation in our Autonomous Community with the support of Aragón Exterior / Invest in Aragon, this Magna division has been operating in Pedrola since 2016. At this time, the plant is focused on the manufacture of components for vehicle bodywork with a high level of automation and has a workforce of more than 300 people. The company expects to reach a turnover of close to 75 million euros in 2022 due to the specialization in hot stamping processes, laser cutting and assembly of parts through resistance welding and MIG/MAG. Components are served to the main automobile manufacturers, not only in Spain but also in several European countries.
As a complement to its productive work and to give greater impetus to its innovation and development activities, the company has been working for several years with the University of Zaragoza and has its own Collaboration Chair. The commitment to local talent and internal development has allowed the company to consolidate a high-level production and technical team through specific qualification programs.