It seems that the appalling arctic weather conditions that brought parts of Scotland to a shuddering standstill late last year might have a possible silver lining.
Michelin tyres could be on the lookout for new staff at its plant in Dundee if a high-level government organised delegation think the supply and demand of winter tyres could help prevent it happening again.
As Joe FitzPatrick, Dundee West MSP, explained: “Dundee’s Michelin plant make winter tyres and they could be in for a big boost if Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government can get agreement that winter tyres would make a difference in future cold winters.
“Winter tyres are frequently used in countries which regularly experience severe weather but less commonly used in Scotland and can enable journeys to be made in colder conditions.
“Michelin are one of the city’s biggest employers and it would be great if they were to be involved in this initiative to keep Scotland moving by greater use of winter tyres.”
Michelin’s Dundee plant at Baldovie, which employs nearly 1000 people, was opened in 1972 and manufactures seven million tyres a year, mainly for export.