The company has been progressively closing factories worldwide since mid-March. Europe was first, followed by America, but now it expects a gradual re-opening in the coming weeks. The only exception is China, where there has already been some opening up. Gestamp has 11 plants, two R&D centres in China, representing less than 10% of the 112 production plants that it has globally. They hope that activity will return to normal more or less imminently in the rest of its factories.
Gestamp said on Tuesday it has bought a factory in Brazil which currently supplies bodywork components for the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota. The Spanish multinational flagged that this operation fits in with its goal of increasing its Japanese clients, who currently manufacture almost a third of global vehicles.
Spain has major access to the funds mobilised by the Juncker Plan. Many companies, like Gestamp and El Corte Inglés, are already benefitting with projects worth some 15 billion euros.
Renta 4 | Gestamp is a direct supplier for the main global light vehicle manufacturers. It makes the key components of any car: bodywork, chassis and mechanisms. It’s one of the few suppliers with global capacity and has a market share of around 15%.