STOKE-ON-TRENT, England (Nov. 12, 2007) — Michelin said it will end calendering operations at its Stoke-on-Trent plant and cut 40 jobs, and at the same time invest in the facility´s retreading operations.
The firm will halt production of calendered steel cord at the site in March, a Michelin spokeswoman said. The plant has supplied the company´s Ballymena, Northern Ireland, truck tire factory, which now will receive steel cord from other Michelin facilities.
The spokeswoman said the company is seeking voluntary terminations at the Stoke-on-Trent plant, and will try to find jobs within the firm for those who wish to remain with Michelin.
Michelin is planning a multimillion dollar investment in the facility that will allow it to retread tires using the company´s Michelin Durable Technologies system. The five-year project will be implemented starting in 2009.
The investment is aimed at safeguarding "the long-term future of the remix retread plant," the official said. The upgrade also will include improvements in the working environment through the use of low-emission solvents in the manufacturing process.