SEAT is present at the exhibition entitled ‘Spain today: living and innovating’, which was officially opened this morning in Moscow. The car company thus joins more than 30 other Spanish corporations and institutions showing their companies and products to Russians until next Thursday 31st March. The event, held under the aegis of the Russian authorities, falls within the wider framework of the Year of Spain in Russia.
- Company participates in exhibition ‘Spain today: living and innovating’, opened this morning in Moscow
- SEAT plans to begin development of the Russian market at the end of the year
The official opening ceremony was attended by Miguel Sebastián, Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Business, and Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister. Heading the SEAT company delegation was Ramón Paredes, Vice-president for Governmental and Institutional Relations both for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain.
“Russia is an important country in SEAT’s strategy, since it is an essential market with major growth potential”, said Paul Sevin, SEAT’s Head of Sales and Marketing. The company’s aim is to reach a significant sales share in the Russian market in the long term.
SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting approximately 75% of its production to 72 countries. SEAT is market leader in Spain, and in 2010 reached a trade volume amounting to 5 billion euros, with total sales of 339,500 vehicles.
SEAT employs 13,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona – Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and León, amongst other models. A fourth centre, the Volkswagen Group production facility at Palmela in Portugal, supplies the Alhambra.
The Spanish multinational also has a Centre of Excellence or ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together more than 900 scientists and engineers whose remit is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D+i in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on criteria of sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.