Com­pe­ti­ti­ve be­yond 2020

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Fif­teen years ago, all the talk was about the tough fu­tu­re fa­cing the Spa­nish au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dustry in light of the strong com­pe­ti­tion from Eas­tern Eu­ro­pe and Tur­key. And when from 2008 on­wards the wor­se­ning fi­nan­cial cri­sis dealt the sec­tor blow af­ter blow, alarm bells be­gan to sound. In res­pon­se, Spain’s in­dustry de­mons­tra­ted its ca­pa­bi­lity, suc­cess­fully put­ting new vehi­cle pro­gram­mes in­to ope­ra­tion and ta­king on ex­clu­si­ve world­wi­de ma­nu­fac­tu­re of a sig­ni­fi­cant num­ber of them. In ge­ne­ral, the outlook th­rough to the end of this de­ca­de is bright. But in­dustry exe­cu­ti­ves are al­ready loo­king well be­yond that to en­su­re that Spain’s vehi­cle-ma­king in­dustry, bac­ked up by a po­wer­ful equip­ment and com­po­nents sec­tor, con­ti­nues to com­pe­te at the hig­hest le­vel well in­to the fu­tu­re. Fa­ced with new eco­no­mic un­cer­tainty, and with the aim of rein­for­cing the country’s so­lid in­dus­trial ba­se, the sec­tor now needs to align it­self with the la­test technological trends whilst at­trac­ting the ta­lent nee­ded to con­ti­nue gro­wing in the co­ming de­ca­des. New tech­no­lo­gies, and the professional pro­fi­les nee­ded to im­ple­ment them, are re­de­fi­ning cut­ting-ed­ge sec­tors, of which the au­to­mo­ti­ve in­dustry has long been one.

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