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Michelin intends to cut up to 2,300 jobs in France. Announcement made this Wednesday by the group which specifies that there will be no forced departures. This decision was taken as part of a “simplification and competitiveness plan“.
The tire manufacturer aims for a “improvement of its competitiveness by up to 5% per year“for tertiary activities and for industry. In order to achieve this, Michelin specifies that this could result in a reduction of up to 2,300 jobs out of the 21,000 that the group has in France.
Since 2017, Michelin has already removed nearly 1,500 exposures in a context of competition with tires at discounted prices. The group has already closed the sites of La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) and Bamberg in Germany.
By 2024, “nearly 60% of planned departures would be based on early retirement and the rest through supported voluntary departures“, within the framework of collective contractual ruptures (RCC), specifies Michelin in a press release.
All French sites concerned
From Clermont-Ferrand to Epinal via Troyes, this new reorganization concerns “all the group’s French sites“, Florent Menegaux, the president of the Clermont-Ferrand group, told AFP.”Michelin is committed to recreating as many jobs as there are lost“, he added however, the company planning to support the territories and increase its activity in various areas in parallel with this simplification plan.
The number of departures site by site will be specified in the coming months: the group’s management wishes to open “quickly“negotiations with trade unions around a”3-year framework agreement“.
The group is “faced for the past ten years or so with profound structural changes in the world tire market, marked in particular by the massive arrival of low-cost products“. He must therefore”support the strategic changes in its activities to prepare for the future. This is particularly the case in France where the vitality of its positions depends on a significant strengthening of its competitiveness.“, he emphasizes.
“Michelin is not abandoning France“and”will reinvest part of the savings in the development of new activities“, emphasizes Florent Menegaux. Its 15 industrial sites in France have gradually specialized in high-end, agricultural, industrial or competition tires. At the same time, Michelin is continuing”its strategy of locating new activities with high added value in France“, as in hydrogen, 3D printing, glues or plastic waste recycling.
By 2030, Michelin wants 30% of its turnover to be generated excluding tires.