EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Portugal
Region: Península de Setúbal; Lisboa; Continente
Location of affected unit(s): Palmela


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles
Number Employed: 3200
Group: Volkswagen

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 13-03-2007
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2010
Planned Job Creation: 1000

Additional Information

Autoeuropa is one of the biggest factories in the automotive industry in Europe and currently employs more than 3,200 workers in Palmela (Setúbal). Volkswagen announced on 13 March 2007 its plans to invest 500 million Euros in the Autoeuropa plant in order to modernise their production equipment and build new infrastructures for suppliers. This investment is related to the manufacturing of one or more new car models. According to the employee representative, this investment guarantees the future of the plant for the next 8 to 10 years and will create about 1,000 jobs.