Bridgestone: the executive’s plan to partially save the factory



Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 4:44 PMUpdated Oct 19, 2020, 7:22 PM

A little hope for the 840 employees of the Bridgestone plant in Béthune. While the Japanese supplier presented last month its decision to close the plant in May 2021 as the “Only option” possible, the Minister for Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, presented Monday at the end of the morning a “Scenario” saving 460 to 560 jobs. In the afternoon, the Japanese group indicated in a press release that it accepted to “examine viability” of this solution ” in the next weeks “.

Presented at Bercy after a meeting with local elected officials and employee representatives, this alternative plan was developed by the consulting firm Accenture. It is based on an assumption of production of 3 million tires per year and productivity gains of 25% to 40%, which would imply no less than 100 million euros of investment in new machines.

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