Walter Pack joins a Renault project to lead the way in sustainable and connected mobility


14 June 2022

Walter Pack in collaboration with Grupo Antolin has joined an ambitious innovative project led by Renault Spain whose aim is to set up an industrial ecosystem specialising in the manufacture of connected electric vehicles, and thus make Spain a leader in sustainable mobility. This grouping is made up of around fifty leading organisations from the automotive sector and from all areas of the industrial ecosystem, most of which are SMEs located in around ten autonomous communities.

Innovative development to improve vehicle interior comfort

The initiative responds to the call for a PERTE (Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation) aimed at the Electric and Connected Vehicle (EV), in which each company has a defined role: Walter Pack and Grupo Antolin will take advantage of their expertise in the manufacture of technological components and plastic parts with high added value to carry out an innovative initiative: the development of an HMI solution that provides new features to the electric vehicle, improving the comfort of its interior. This is achieved through the optimisation of surface heating and HMI display and interaction systems with functional and competitive solutions compared to what is currently available on the market.

"This development of an HMI interaction system is based on displays that allow a cost-competitive design: without sacrificing performance through the use of decorative technologies (IMF) combined with the integration of additional functionalities and control electronics for the entire system,"
Iñigo Erhardt
R+D Manager at Walter Pack

A project to promote training and innovation

The automotive industry is undergoing a major transformation towards the production of zero-emission vehicles and the complete replacement of combustion vehicles.

The implications of this change in the industry’s mindset are immense. They involve the use of green energy to power vehicles, decarbonisation of factories and offices, implementation of reuse and recycling practices at the end of product life, and application of circularity in product design, development and delivery to achieve a reduced carbon footprint.

In this sense, Walter Pack and Grupo Antolin have a firm commitment to sustainability and therefore also collaborate in the development of a collaborative ecosystem of training and innovation in which training is presented on sustainability, good market practices (collaborative benchmarking to find synergies in door panels, plastic parts, HMI, electronics and decorative inserts), carbon footprint and lean manufacturing (focused on reducing lead times and operational costs and improving quality). Since 2018, the two companies have a strategic alliance focused on the development of advanced decorative surfaces for automotive interiors.

The PERTE for the Electric and Connected Vehicle (EV) brings together a total of 31 initiatives distributed into three objectives: decarbonisation, connectivity and mobility as a service. The decarbonisation axis includes the development of initiatives related to hydrogen, carbon neutral fuels, batteries or the reduction of the weight of materials, among other elements.

In the area of connectivity, initiatives related to digitalisation, the development of electronic vehicle platforms and connectivity, among others, will be addressed.

Finally, the mobility as a service axis will cover the development of new technologies that enable vehicles to be equipped with innovative functions.