This article elucidates my internship in the Spanish company, Zanini. The internship was spread over a period of six weeks. This family business, located in Parets del Valles in Barcelona suburb, specializes in the development and manufacture of plastic components for the automotive sector. Zanini is the world leader in the manufacture of hubcaps.
As this business is directly dependent on the automotive market, it is subject to the complexity of the legislation and the growing competitiveness of other countries.
[...] Regulations The demand for flexibility is one of the essential elements of deregulation required by businesses. Companies are striving to obtain the greatest possible flexibility with regard to products or services they offer and adapting their activities. They argue that they should have the ability to adapt to an environment that is changing rapidly. The government wants to implement a comprehensive redesign of the labor laws in order to obtain greater flexibility. As per the European standards of Euro 4 and Euro5, a 60% reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxide and 80% in particulate emissions for commercial vehicles above 3.5 tones and buses and coaches is required . [...]
[...] The road ahead As the average Spanish driver's demands keep increasing because of the availability of better and newer models in the market, it is necessary that the Spanish car makers adopt new innovations and strategies in designing and developing their cars. More cars with newer features and attractive prices need to be introduced into the market. III / The difficulties of transition Competition from the Eastern world The global automotive market had been stagnant for two years as it was badly affected by strong price competition and supply. [...]
[...] The specifics of the car Market I / Production Weight of the sector in the Spanish economy The automotive sector in 2005 Car manufacturing is a key sector in the Spanish economy The manufacture of vehicles and equipment for the sector is a pillar of the Spanish economy, contributing about to GDP and increasing the employment levels by 11% of the population (approximately 350,000 persons in 2 million) in 2005. In the same year, Spain produced 2.75 million motor vehicles. [...]
[...] The Spanish car industry is supported by a strong domestic demand and opportunities for export in the European Union. However, in 2005, for the first time in 10 years, auto exports fell sharply, by and the Spanish trade balance of the car that year reached a negative balance of euros. Nearly 82% of the vehicles manufactured in Spain were exported to over 90 countries and 90% of those sales are destined for France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. According ANFAC or the Association Española de Fabricantes de Automoviles y Camiones, an organization of automakers with operations in Spain, sales of cars were down between and in the year. [...]
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