Unite the union has today (5 November) reacted to media reports that the Michelin Group plans to close its Dundee factory by 2020. In September the tyre producer stated that over a three year period production capacity was to be reduced due to an influx of cheap foreign imports from Asia into the European market and falling demand for premium tyres in smaller dimensions.

If the reports are to be confirmed by the company at a meeting scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November) this will represent a ‘hammer-blow’ for Dundee and the manufacturing industry in Scotland. 

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty, said: “Unite has been aware of the challenging market situation facing the Michelin Group. This has been primarily due to the cheap foreign imports from Asia and as a result falling demand for premium tyres in smaller dimensions, which the Dundee factory specialises in producing. If the media reports are confirmed by Michelin, this will be hammer-blow for Dundee. It would be devastating and a betrayal of the workforce who have made major changes to working practices at the site in order to secure its long-term future. The workforce can be assured Unite will fight tooth and nail to save our factory, we will leave no stone unturned to keep this factory open. Unite will work day and night to ensure that all options remain on the table.”

Scottish Enterprise allocated £4.5 million into new production machinery in addition to a £12 million investment by the Michelin Group to support increased demand for larger tyres in the Dundee factory last year.

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For more information contact Dougie Maguire (07810157925) or Bob MacGregor (07711376918).

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.