The state of the UK tyre market has forced Michelin to announce that it will close its Baldovie factory in Dundee for one week, starting on October 13. The company is also predicting similar closures during November and December. The Dundee facility currently produces 23,000 tyres a day, and the closure is aimed to combat the stockpiling of tyres in a slow market. Staff will still be paid, and the closures will be used for further staff-training.
Ian Peart, personnel manager at Baldovie, explained, “The global economy is beginning to have an impact on markets across Europe and North America, so we’re needing to make that adjustment in line with what’s happening. It’s not something that happens every year, it has happened in the lifespan of the factory – markets come and markets change over time and therefore the plant has to change its output. There are no concerns about the impact of this on the factory going forward.”