Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia

ZANINI gets the CIAC Award for the Best Automotive Company of the year

• The CIAC also awarded Advanced Nanotechnologies for the Best Innovation Strategy, Farguell Group for the Best Internationalization Plan and Lear Corporation for the Best Industrial Productivity

• The MÍTING d’AUTO, the night of the automotive industry of Catalonia, celebrates its fourth edition with almost 300 assistants and the presence of business of this industry which puts in value the excellence of the companies of the sector

Barcelona, ​​June 20th, 2019. ZANINI has been the winner of the CIAC Award for the Best Automotive Company of the year, the greatest awards organized by the Clúster de la Indústria de l’Automoció de Catalunya (CIAC) in recognition of the companies which activity boosts the competitiveness of the automotive industry of Catalonia. These awards have been delivered during the 4th edition of the MÍTING d’AUTO, the annual ceremony organized by the CIAC, which was held at Drassanes Reials in Barcelona last night with great participation.

The 4th edition of the awards also granted Advanced Nanotechnologies with the CIAC Award for the Best Innovation Strategy, delivered by Port de Barcelona, ​​Farguell Group with the CIAC Award for the Best Internationalization Plan, delivered by Nissan, and Lear Corporation with the CIAC Award for the Best Industrial Productivity, delivered by Bosch. The evening was directed by the television presenter, actress and journalist Silvia Jato and held the speech of Inma Martinez, scientist of the European Space Agency and expert in Artificial Intelligence in the world of the automotive industry.

This is the jury's verdict of this edition, composed by the Col·legi d'Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya, the Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya, ESADE, IESE; Josep Maria Vall, president of the CIAC and Josep Nadal, Cluster Manager of the CIAC, as secretary.

The CIAC Awards, the representation of the value of excellence in the sector

ZANINI AUTO GROUP is a family business with a history of more than 50 years of successes of constant growth, which have doubled turnover during the last 8 years. It is currently made up of 1,400 workers and supplies 90 million Wheel Trim units per year to almost all world leaders automobile manufacturers, developing and adding value to plastic components using the most advanced technologies.

FARGUELL GROUP was founded in 1943 with the stamping of metal parts and has recently received the recognition of the Cambra de Comerç of Barcelona for its 75 years of history. What began as a workshop on Montmany Street in Gràcia has become a multinational of 180 people with 2 production centres in Catalonia and Slovakia, and they currently export their production to more than 12 countries. Its international strategy for positioning in being suppliers of products and services outsourced for manufacturing industries, especially multinational companies in the automotive sector, consumer electronics or electrical household appliances.

ADVANCED NANOTECHNOLOGIES S.L. is a company created back in 2012 as a Spin Off from Universitat de Barcelona with an approach to industrial environments from its beginning. Innovation is part of the company because its business model was based on Research and Development from the very beginning to avoid becoming a productive unit. The solutions and technologies that they propose have as market niche the manufacturing companies that have as objective the constant innovation of their products.

LEAR CORPORATION MARTORELL, former Grupo Antolín, started its seating manufacturing activity in 2017. That same year they joined LEAR CORPORATION, successfully adapting to the standards of the corporation. Despite not having a consolidated experience in the manufacturing of seats, they initiated a path with many challenges ahead. The company's strategy is based on developing activities that imply constant improvement at all levels of the organization: the operators propose actions that allow improved the business to reach the required production.


MÍTING d’AUTO, the great night of the Catalan automotive industry

MÍTING d’AUTO, the night of the automotive industry of Catalonia, celebrates its fourth edition. Its gala format and the recognition awards for companies in the sector puts in value its relevance in the Catalan territory. The awards evaluate the proposals of the different candidates in four categories to promote the different activities that are developed in the CIAC’s associated companies.

In the words of Josep Maria Vall, president of the CIAC: "We are very proud to celebrate this appointment for the fourth consecutive year of the automotive sector in Catalonia. With MÍTING d'AUTO we wanted to reinvent ourselves because the industry is constantly reinventing itself. We want to emphasize our sector and honour the companies associated with the CIAC Awards, for their effort to innovate and adapt to new environments. Now is the time to align our strategy to face and accompany the new trends and business models”.

For his part, Genís Alonso, managing director of Nissan Motor Ibérica, and who holds a vice presidency of the CIAC, highlights the need to "maintain a competitive and innovative automotive industry that is able to face the different challenges posed by the new technological and environmental reality".

As a novelty this year, attendees of the event enjoyed two exclusive areas of the MÍTING D’AUTO: first, the CIAC Digital Safari by Accenture, a space dedicated to the new technologies applied to the sector. During the first part of the night, the guests were able to attend 6 innovative experiences through companies in the sector collaborating with the event: Hybrid Spaces, 3D Modeling, Advanced Analytics, Extended Reality, Applied Intelligence and Industry X. 0.

There was also the LEAF space, a zone supplied with a dissected Nissan LEAF, to see its internal functioning. The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling 100% electric model in the world. The new PickUp Navara (in its special AT32 offroad version) has also been exhibited, as well as the e-NV200 electric van in its passenger version, both models manufactured at the Zona Franca de Barcelona plant.

The e-NV200, 100% electric, is manufactured successfully in Barcelona exclusively for everyone since 2014 and has already received more than 10,000 orders in Europe, where it is the leader of electric commercial vehicles in 10 markets. In the first five months of 2019, Nissan has produced more than 5,300 units in Zona Franca, 240% more than in the same period of the previous year. With its 300 km of zero emission autonomy in the urban cycle, it represents a great opportunity for large distribution companies and small businesses, which need to have a last mile efficient, sustainable, zero emission and noise-free fleet in their fleets.

We want to appreciate all the sponsors of the event for their dedication and commitment during the night and their preparation: Accenture, Bosch, Nissan, the Port of Barcelona, ​​ABB, AsorCAD, Avanade, Condals Foundry, SEAT and Tecnomatrix.


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