Michelin Visit

The MP for Angus visited a significant Tayside employer amid efforts to ensure all its employees will find work when it closes.

In November last year, Michelin announced it was to shut its tyre factory in Dundee, with the loss of about 850 jobs.

Angus MP Kirstene Hair spoke to senior management at the plant, which employs up to two hundred Angus residents, during a visit at the weekend.

They discussed the creation of the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc that saw the French manufacturer commit to using the site as a low-carbon energy “centre of excellence”.

Scottish Conservative Ms Hair said:

“While it is incredibly disappointing that the plant is closing in 2020, I was encouraged by the power of work being carried out to support its employees in re-skilling and finding new roles.

Through this very difficult time, the senior team within Michelin Dundee have prioritised their staff, whilst also determining a sustainable future for the site. 

“The plans to repurpose the site into a low-carbon innovation centre also present an opportunity to provide vital jobs in the area.

“This area should be developed as a production and technical hub, driving up productivity for generations to come.”

In September, Michelin warned its output would fall from 6.2 million tyres in 2017 to a maximum of 5.4 million per year over the next three years.

Two months later, it said the factory was "unsuitable" given current market conditions and it would not be financially viable to invest further.