U.K. plant to halt production
STOKE-ON-TRENT, England—Group Michelin plans to phase out production of car and light truck tires and stop rubber mixing activities at its Stoke-on-Trent plant during the second half of 2001.
The move will mean the loss of 950 of the 2,350 jobs at the site, Michelin's oldest plant in the United Kingdom. This phase-out follows a move in January to cut 473 jobs in passenger tires and tire component making, and is part of the company's overall plan to cut 7,500 jobs across Europe through 2002.
Truck tire retreading, tire mold and steel-cord production will continue at the 73-year-old plant, which is to focus on commercial and support services for Michelin's activities throughout the British Isles, Michelin said.
The company said it aims to concentrate production at plants with much larger capacities than the Stoke unit's output of 2 million tires a year.
Goodyear plans job cuts
WOLVERHAMPTON, England—Goodyear Great Britain Ltd. is considering cutting 540 jobs at its Wolverhampton plant, the company said in an Oct. 18 statement of intent to its 3,200-strong workforce.
The job cuts plan is one of a number of options put forward by the company's management in negotiations with trade unions over the future of the Midlands site, a company spokeswoman said. Management did not want to disclose the other options, she said. Goodyear gave workers at the plant 90-days notice of the job losses.
Wolverhampton is Goodyear's largest plant in Europe, producing car, light truck, medium truck and agricultural tires. Daily capacity is listed at 27,000 units.