By Denna Bowman
Michelin has celebrated its 40th year in the city of Dundee where it now employs 800 people and is the only tyres manufacturer in Scotland.
Up to seven million tyres are shipped out of the plant every year, with 95 per cent being exported abroad, mainly to Europe.
John Reid, who manages the factory, which is the biggest industrial employer in the city, said: “Forty years in manufacturing is an excellent achievement when you consider the size of our operation, where we are in Scotland and how far away we are from the suppliers and our market.
“It’s a great achievement for the workforce. So we’re really proud and enjoying the day.”
This year, because of the Eurozone crisis, the company had to shut production for three weeks and the
creation of 140 further jobs has been delayed until the economy improves.
However, Mr Reid revealed he is confident that the operation will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
He added: “If you look around we have got a new building, new investment and an investment programme for the next four or five years. That to me is an operation that has got some legs on it and I think ten years is deliverable.”