Dundee Michelin plant to close with 845 job losses

By James Matthews, Scotland correspondent
The Scottish government has described as "devastating" a decision by Michelin to close its Dundee factory, which employs 845 workers.
The tyre manufacturer has confirmed it will shut down the Tayside plant by mid-2020.
The factory was opened in 1971 and makes, exclusively, 16-inch and smaller tyres for cars.Michelin said the plant had been rendered unsuitable due to changes in demand and competition from cheap products from Asia.In a statement on its website, the company said: "Despite the group's continuous efforts, and the factory employees' dedication to making the site economically sustainable through the implementation of several action plans - €70m has been invested in recent years to modernise the site - the accelerated market transformation has made the plant unsuitable and its conversion is not financially viable."It said it will also work with "local stakeholders" to help create enough new jobs in the area for affected workers and will begin a consultation with employees and trade unions on the closure plans over the next fortnight.John Reid, factory manager at Michelin Dundee, said: "I have been part of Michelin Dundee for 26 years and I am very proud of the hard work and dedication shown by the team here."This factory has faced incredibly tough challenges before and we have come through thanks to the hard work and flexibility of our people and the union, and the backing of the Michelin Group.
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