Threatened Michelin factory closure Dundee

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by gosub, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. gosub

    gosub ~#

    V = 9 x √P

    Michelin in Dundee: Wheel of misfortune

    If Michelin really do only make 16 inch tyres there, fabulous oppurtunity for someone with access to different size moulds to aquire a trained work force whilst Michelin gives same skilled workforce a nice big redundancy payout for not wanting to be there in 2020.

    Did try and see a mate's mate who does tyres to see if there is anything written on the side but he's away today
  2. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Why is the fashion for bigger wheels pandered to by government regulation when 16 inch wheels are more energy efficient?

    Apart from job losses which Dundee could do without, thank you very much, I will miss the Michelin wind turbines.
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  3. gosub

    gosub ~#

    Never did work out why they never encircled their turbines with a cowling makes a wind turbine more efficient

    The Japanese could have told them that
  4. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    I'm actually surprised it lasted this long as the Dundee factory has been on borrowed time since they closed its sister plant in Aberdeen a few years back. That was where they made the steel wire for the Dundee plant to mould into complete tyres.

    Since then, they trucked wire-in from Germany (Trier IIRC) and even at the time of closure, admitted that it would not be cost effective to keep doing this long term.
  5. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

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  6. redcogs

    redcogs in the gutter beholding the stars

    Bugger whether its cost effective for Michelin. 845 jobs out of Dundee local economy will devastate. Michelin shareholders have taken government hand out after handout for years. They have been milking profits for 30 years i believe? Where have all those dividends gone? Certainly not into the pockets of the local workforce.

    The Scottish trade unions should resist this closure by all means possible, including strikes and a demand for nationalisation.
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  7. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    Nationalisation isn't likely but if it happens it will make for a very interesting showdown between Westminster and Holyrood over jurisdiction.
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  8. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    You’re right on both counts.

    If it does happen it’d be exactly the kind of showdown I’d like to see.
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  9. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    And I think it was well over three hundred jobs here - again from a plant established with a lot of Westminster money. :(

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