BARCELONA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Chinese carmaker Great Wall
Motor has withdrawn its interest in taking over
Nissan's main plant in Barcelona, which is scheduled to
shut by year-end, the Spanish government and Nissan unions said
Great Wall did not respond to a request for comment.
Coming just weeks before Nissan's three Barcelona plants are
scheduled to close, the decision is a blow to authorities and
leaves the fate of around 1,600 direct jobs up in the air, as
GWM was the main contender to take over the largest factory.
The Industry Ministry said in a statement the Chinese
company had said it would not proceed with the project. Last
week, national and regional authorities sent an improved
proposal when GWM reportedly cast doubts on its initial interest
in the plant.
Another meeting on the plant's future will be held on Dec.
17 to discuss striking a deal by the end of the year with other
possible investors, the statement said.
(Reporting by Joan Faus; Additional reporting by Brenda W. Goh
and Isla Binnie; editing by Nathan Allen and Jason Neely)