PARIS Nov 21 Renault plans to create
1,300 jobs in recession-hit Spain under a scheme to boost
production at its local plants and after a deal with unions, the
French carmaker said on Wednesday.
Renault will assign its Palencia plant in Northern Spain two
new vehicle platforms, one a derivative of the other, and shared
with Nissan, the statement said.
The new platforms cover four vehicle bodies, allowing
Renault to increase total annual production by around 40,000
units to 280,000 units.
Over the 2014-2015 period, production at the engine and
gearbox plants will rise to nearly to 1.4 million units per
year, the statement also said.
The Valladolid body assembly plant will benefit from the
"competitive performance reached through the recent workforce
negotiations, which extend and enhance the facility's options
with regard to future assignments," it said.
The Spanish announcement comes as Renault opened
negotiations on a French new labor deal it wants to seal by the
end of January.
Renault has demanded pay and working time concessions from
its French workers and warned that the outcome of talks may
affect future production plans, unions said ealier this month.
Faced with a sustained slump in the European car market,
Renault wants to align French wage and production costs with its
plant in Palencia, Spain, and Japanese affiliate Nissan's
Sunderland factory in England, Renault Chief Operating Officer
Carlos Tavares said in September.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, additional reporting by Gilles
Guillaume; Editing by Mike Nesbit)