São Paulo – With a delay of five years since its creation and after almost three years of its control, the program of the state government Pró-Toolria had its first approved project, approved by Volkswagen. The program was designed to stimulate São Paulo’s industry by allowing assemblers, system specialists and auto parts distributors established in São Paulo to use ICMS credits to purchase tools from companies located in the State as well.
The proposal of a car manufacturer based in São Bernardo do Campo, SP, is a pioneer in Pró-Toolria. Three instrument projects were submitted for a total program of R$ 41.1 million. They are: the outer and inner cover of Virtus, which spent R$ 15 million; on the left and right of a new car model, which was not opened, of R$ 25.7 million; acoustic nozzle with an insert nozzle dispenser, from $ 400 thousand.
According to Henrique Araújo, director of institutional and governmental relations at Volkswagen do Brasil, these projects were presented as soon as the program was controlled, in December 2019. But with the crisis, considering the uncertainty of the state government having financial problems , the releases have been stopped.
“These are heavy molds, used to press and make metal and plastic parts, for example, to make ribs, fenders and car hoods. They are very expensive parts. And more than 70% of the tool industry in Brazil is in the State of São Paulo. In other words, it is a good opportunity for these companies to use the resources collected by the government to buy tools or inputs to produce them.”
Of the three projects, two are local, that is, it was the Volkswagen tool shop that made the mold. In total, the car manufacturer has, according to Araújo, R$ 2 billion in ICMS loans, out of the total recognized by the government of R$ 5 billion, that is, almost half belongs to the car manufacturer. The loans are issued from the sale of vehicles to other states or countries and 90% of the total collected must be returned to the purchase of services, goods and products in the country.
The idea is that, once it receives R$ 41.1 million, which is expected in the next few weeks, that Volkswagen will already present other projects to get other resources.
Araújo said that the company often spends cash, but that as soon as it is confirmed that this has been spent and used within the State of SP, it is possible to recover this amount through loans – this is what Volkswagen is doing.
“It is a very good motivation. And the big difference between Pró-Toolria and other programs is that the tool continues to generate wealth within the State. These are pieces that will continue to bring value to the production chain and create jobs”.
The beginning was given – The opinion is contributed by the director of administration of the Union of Steel Workers of ABC, Wellington Messias Damasceno, when he says that after Volkswagen’s tests in this second term, the expectation is that the program will actually start working next year.
“The entire chain of industries originates from the tool sector and when there is an economically established sector, the rest of the chain established in the region and in the country occurs, thus promoting development, professional training, employment generation, better wages and also; as shown by the numbers presented, the most likely shipment.
The union is closely involved in the program and always leads discussions on it. So much so that it helped organize on Tuesday, the 9th, a workshop bringing together a range of users to discuss the future of the software. The event was also attended by representatives from Abimaq, Abinfer, Anfavea, ABC Tooling APL and ABC Development Corporation, where the proposal began to take shape in 2017.
According to Araújo, the idea of the meeting came from a meeting held with the automotive industry and the state government a few weeks ago. And the purpose of Volkswagen’s presentation was to encourage other companies in the sector to participate in the program based on the experience of the automaker and help develop the State. To claim, you must have a credit balance of at least R$5 million.
Other programs – Araújo, who is also the vice president of Anfavea, recalled that due to the difficulty of the Government to transfer these resources immediately, three programs were created that allow the use of ICMS loans after the confirmation of new investments made in São Paulo.
They are: Pró-Veículo and Pró-Veículo Verde, which have been around for a few years and resources are being used to help modernize and expand their plants; Pro-Active, which is valid for any sector in the State, but which did not reach R$ 100 million; and Pró-Toolria, which aims to continue to encourage the sustainability of these companies in the State.
Araújo highlighted, however, that the program will continue to exist only if Pró-Veículo continues, and in 2021 and 2022 there was no loan release:
“São Paulo needs these systems to ensure the competitiveness of the industry, especially the automotive industry. There are investment decisions that are considered based on these signs”.
For example, he mentioned the third round of Pró-Ativo, in which the total reached R$900 million – the automakers received R$300 million. But this is much less than R$ 5 billion. “This is money from the automakers themselves.”