SEAT receives royal visit

SEAT’s head office in Martorell received a royal visit from King Felipe VI of Spain last week as part of the 30th Anniversary of the SEAT Ibiza.

The King of Spain took a tour of the head offices and also received a sneak peak at the Spanish manufacturer’s plans for the next five years, plus the company’s latest investments.

Accompanied by VIPs like the Catalan Government President and the Spanish Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, the King also met SEAT top brass including company chairman Jürgen Stackmann.

Design Centre

As part of his visit, the King also made an appearance at the SEAT Design Centre, where the marque’s future models are designed. A total of 900 engineers are employed at the centre, making SEAT the number one industrial investor in Spain.

The King was also shown the latest technologies in the Assembly Workshop 10, home of SEAT’s two best-selling models, the Leon and the Ibiza, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

SEAT’s Martorell facility is the highest-production car plant in Spain, with a total of 2,100 cars manufactured every single day, which are distributed amongst 76 countries around the world.

Extra 800 employees

Production this year has grown by 13 per cent thanks to the strong car market, allowing SEAT to hire an additional 800 employees over the past few months, while also boosting sales figures.

Other areas that the Spanish royal visited included SEAT’s research and development area where all future models are designed and tested, plus the centre where employees receive training.

Around 200 representatives from institutions, politics, business and trade unions were also in attendance to receive first-hand knowledge of some of the manufacturer’s high-tech facilities.

Along with Martorell, SEAT also operates a further two Spanish production centres in Barcelona and El Prat de Llobregat, as well as a range of factories in countries including Portugal and Slovakia.

5 million Ibizia models

In its 30 year history, the Martorell plant has produced more than 5 million Ibiza models, which if placed end-to-end would stretch roughly the distance between the plant and New Zealand.

The current Ibiza range is available in three-door sports coupe, five-door hatchback and five-door estate formats, priced from £10,195.