Unite welcomes plans for Innovation Centre at Michelin Dundee
- Friday 31 May 2019
Unite the union has today (31 May) welcomed plans to create an innovation centre at Michelin’s Dundee plant. A ‘flagship innovation centre’ will be created following an agreement to establish a new company, Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) Ltd. The new company is a joint venture between Michelin, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee city council. The centre will focus on sustainable mobility and low-carbon energy.
Unite has been a pivotal member of the Action Group established to find a sustainable future for the Dundee site after Michelin announced in November 2018 that it was ceasing tyre production by 2020. The company blamed the deteriorating market conditions in Europe, primarily due to an influx of cheap tyres from Asia and lower demand for premium tyres of smaller dimensions, which the Dundee factory specialises in producing.
Marc Jackson, Unite convenor at Michelin, said: “Unite fought to retain a significant presence by Michelin in Dundee, and to ensure the site had a future outside tyre making. We welcome the announcement that a new joint venture - MSIP Ltd - has been created to hopefully bring highly skilled jobs and to develop the skill base for sustainable mobility manufacturing and innovation employment here in Dundee. Throughout this whole process the workforce has acted with professionalism and determination, so it’s important to acknowledge that without them today’s announcement simply would not have been possible. The innovation centre has now taken a major step forward and Unite looks forward to playing our part in bringing the plans to fruition for the benefit of the city of Dundee.”
Notes to editors:
- 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.