we spoke to 

Victor Picó

Chairman of Ingemat

You have more than 35 years of experience and a workforce of 100 professionals. In this uncertain context in which we live, how do industrial automation engineering companies like Ingemat work?

We have been dedicated to the automotive industry for 36 years now, with some ventures in aeronautics and other sectors, which have proved difficult for us to manage, in some cases due to their size and in others due to the risks involved.
Normally we receive a request for quotation from our customers which may consist of a product or a product process. We provide a price and usually an alternative solution that we want to bring something more competitive and innovative.

Over the years, Ingemat has carried out projects for major automotive brands. What are the technological challenges for this sector?

We work for various segments, OEMs, Tier 1 and small series vehicle manufacturers, mainly high-end vehicles and in some cases complete bodies.
The challenges are price, timing, and doing what sometimes others don’t want to do. The digital technology we are using, such as virtual commissioning, which allows us to work in simulation, helps us to shorten commissioning times.
In relation to OEMs, the situation is usually very high volume projects, but we can work with those who are able to split the project into smaller packages.

As we said, Ingemat was founded more than 35 years ago. How did the company evolve to offer cutting-edge industrial automation solutions?

Our evolution involves taking on all the challenges that have been imposed on us; both in terms of markets, our installations are implemented in more than 25 countries. And in terms of technologies, if we do not master a technology, we seek out where we can subcontract it and during the project we learn and absorb this technology.

Electric cars are in their prime, what do you think their future will hold?

Electric cars, a big question, I don’t think they are in their prime, at least in the West, we don’t have enough batteries or microprocessors for all of them. Some people talk of ecological fuels, others of producing energy with coal, others of hydrogen, in short, there will be a mix of products and not just electricity. We are currently on electricity, it has been an excessively political decision and not sufficiently thought through in the field of energy transition.
Ingemat designs, builds and sets up robotised assembly lines that use different joining technologies for the metal parts it assembles: from adhesive bonding to spot, arc or laser welding, the crimping process (one of Ingemat’s long-standing specialities) or the different mechanical joints that have become very popular in recent years, especially when the parts are made of aluminium: clinching, edging, FDS, SPR, etc.
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