CLERMONT-FERRAND, France—Michelin will continue to manufacture tires in Germany, the group emphasized while announcing the closure of three major production facilities in the country.
"As the home of the technology-leading automotive industry, Germany remains an important location for the Michelin group," the French-based tire maker said in a Nov. 28 statement.
Its passenger car tire plant in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, in particular, will be a "success factor" in the future penetration of markets for tire sizes 18" and above, the company said, noting the Bad-Kreuznach location also is an important center for the manufacture of "strategic high-tech tires."
Michelin will also maintain what it said is the largest European truck tire retreading facility: its site in Homburg, which is also to continue processing RFID chips.
Michelin said it would continue to modernize both production sites to make them "even more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly for the future."
After the cutbacks involving over 1,500 job losses, Michelin said it will have 2,780 employees in Germany—across industry, logistics, sales, marketing and administration functions.