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SPAIN: Moving with electricity

Noone would have bet on that years ago, but now Spain is leading the e-mobility in cities. Madrid and Barcelona are references in how reorganizing the trafic towards an emmission free mobility. Many iniciatives have been started, among those as well the e-Mobility Hub, a pioneering centre at a national and international level for electric mobility technologyLocated in Viladecavalls.

Creating jobs being evironmentally smart

With an investment of over €10 million, this new centre run by the Spanish company Ficosa, employs 120 engineers, 60 of which are new hires, and it is expected to take on 100 additional professionals in 2019. The e-Mobility Hub is positioned as the driving force for electromobility solutions for Ficosa at a global level and completes the other hubs in Connectivity and Safety the multinational corporation has in Viladecavalls, consolidating its leadership in key technologies in the transformation of the automobile. The e-Mobility Hub will become a global benchmark laboratory in the development of electric mobility technology, driving Ficosa's leadership in an area that is key for the mobility of the future. In this regard, it plays a strategic role, as it will become a driving force in electromobility solutions for the whole group on an international level. Ficosa-CEO Javier Pujol highlights that in 2019 the company "expects to reinforce the team at the e-Mobility Hub with 100 more engineers, as well as adding 750 m2 and another laboratory" in order to satisfy the multinational corporation's needs as a result of its growth in the field of electromobility. The new e-Mobility Hub joins the other hubs in Connectivity and Safety that Ficosa has in Viladecavalls, which work for the company globally. This way, Ficosa is reinforcing its leadership in strategic products for more aided driving, driverless vehicles, connected cars and e-mobility, which have become pillars of the group's growth.

Engineers wanted in Spain

In this regard, Ficosa has significantly expanded the engineering team working on these new technology products, with a record-breaking 1,170 engineers worldwide. Of these, more than 700 work at the Viladecavalls Technology Centre, the group's most important engineering centre, which last year alone hired 160 new engineers. The strong commitment to capitalising on innovations and the latest advances in the sector has led the company to boost the resources it puts into R&D, which was roughly 8% of sales in 2017. In terms of the important investment plan the company is rolling out, in 2017 it invested more than €90 million, 50% of which went to new technology. The company expects to put more than €500 million towards new products business between 2019 and 2023.
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