Michelin said on Wednesday it would cut up to 2,300 jobs over three years as part of a new simplification and competitiveness plan in France. Photo: File
Michelin said on Wednesday it would cut up to 2,300 jobs over three years as part of a new simplification and competitiveness plan in France. Photo: File

Michelin to cut up to 2300 jobs over three years

By Reuters Time of article published Jan 6, 2021

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PARIS - French tyre maker Michelin said on Wednesday it would cut up to 2,300 jobs over three years as part of a new simplification and competitiveness plan in France, adding this would not involve lay offs nor plant closures.

Michelin's share price was up 0.7 percent shortly after the stockmarket open, outperforming a 0.15 percent rise in Paris' CAC 40 index.

The job cuts equate to almost 2 percent of its global workforce.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hammered the auto industry, which was already struggling with the shift to electric vehicles from diesel and gasoline cars.

"The plan is part of a broad co-construction and social dialogue approach and will rely on negotiating a three-year framework agreement that will not entail any lay offs", the group said in a statement.

"The plan does not rely on plant closures", it added.

Michelin said the measures would affect up to 1,100positions in offices and 1,200 positions in plants, stressing nearly 60 percent of the job reductions would be based on voluntary early retirement schemes.

The company, which employs more than 127,000 worldwide, also said it remained committed to locating "high value-added businesses in France", saying its "ambitious expansion strategy in hydrogen solutions" was an illustration of this.

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