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Vehicle piston manufacturer Mahle plans to close Catalan plant, laying off 345 people

German automotive parts maker has a factory in Vilanova i la Geltrú


17 November 2021 02:30 PM


ACN | Barcelona

The German vehicle piston manufacturer Mahle has plans to close a plant in Vilanova i la Geltrú, 40 km southwest of Barcelona, laying off its 345 workers. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, the firm will cease activity on January 28, 2022, due to "a continued fall in demand and the ever-growing price competition." 

The company says that these circumstances lead to the plant "working well below its normal capacity," and argues that production is no longer possible in Vilanova i la Geltrú. 

"This measure is resulting from the transformation of the automotive industry towards a carbon zero mobility and a clear trend to abandon combustion engines." 

Mahle says the decision does not affect its other plants in Spain, including that of Montblanc and L'Espluga de Francolí. 

Unions: disproportionate decision 

The decision has not been welcomed by trade unions, including CCOO, which calls for "a U-turn."

"It is a completely disproportionate decision," the organization said in a statement urging alternative measures to avoid layoffs. 

CCOO also demands the involvement of Catalan and Spanish authorities.  


  • Mahle engineers working on a fuel cell with cooling system in Stuttgart (by Mahle)

  • Mahle engineers working on a fuel cell with cooling system in Stuttgart (by Mahle)