CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin is ready to begin serving the automotive, agricultural and aerospace sectors again.
After halting production to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and transitioning operations to help make masks that protect health care workers, first responders and its own employees, the French tire maker said it is poised to gradually and responsibly resume tire manufacturing.
"Today, the group believes the time has come to gradually resume activity, while implementing reinforced health measures adapted to each site," Michelin said in a statement.
Michelin is prioritizing the reopening of its agricultural tire production plant in Troyes, France, where activities contribute to the farming industry on a daily basis. Plants that manufacture tires for public service vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and army and transport fleets also will take top priority.
But Michelin hasn't lost sight of its commitment to serve its original equipment customers, Michelin CEO Florent Menegaux said in a statement.
Michelin noted that it ramped up its ability to make category 1 surgical masks, making 400,000 each week either on its own premises or by working with partners and subcontractors. In an April 14 statement, Menegaux said Michelin had the raw material to make 16 million masks.