Michelin to close tyre factory in France

An employee of French tyre maker Michelin at the Michelin truck tyres factory of La roche-sur-Yon, western France. The factory with 619 employees will close next year as competition from cheaper Asian manufacturers knocks its profit margin. — AFP pic
An employee of French tyre maker Michelin at the Michelin truck tyres of La roche-sur-Yon, western France. The with 619 employees will close next year as competition from cheaper Asian manufacturers knocks its profit margin. — AFP pic

PARIS, Oct 10 ― Tyre maker Michelin said today it would close a French-based factory with 619 employees next year as competition from cheaper Asian manufacturers knocks its profit margin.

Two weeks ago, the French company announced the closure of a factory in Germany with 858 employees by 2021, and last year said it would shutter a plant with 845 employees in Scotland.

Regarding the closure of its plant at La Roche-sur-Yon in western France, Michelin promised a “support plan” for affected employees, and said it would offer every one a chance to remain in the company in France.

It would also seek out “a major public-private project” in a bid to relaunch the failing site.



Michelin said 74 people who work at a factory in nearby Maine-et-Loiret, manufacturing rubber for the site in La Roche-sur-Yon, will also be affected.

Michelin has been hit hard by the lacklustre performance of the .

Its CEO Florent Menegaux said last month that a €70 million (RM323.6 million) investment had been unable to save the site at La Roche-sur-Yon.

He blamed “difficulties in the market for high-end heavy-duty tyres both in Europe and abroad”, coupled with “increased competition”.

By the end of last year, Michelin employed about 110,000 people in different countries, including 20,000 in France. ― AFP

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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