By Denna Bowman
The Michelin tyres factory is back on the road to success after two of the most difficult years in the company’s history.
Managers at the tyres plant in Dundee revealed it is back to full production after having to reduce staff hours and shifts last year as the recession hit sales.
Nearly 1,000 tyres an hour are produced at the factory 24 hours a day, however 12 months ago production was cut as orders dropped.
John Reid, General Manager of the Michelin plant, said: “We’ve achieved a lot coming through the worst two years we’ve had in decades. The secret has been the workforce and the company working together to come up with the right solutions to that.
“We’re continuing to invest in our strategy for 2010, which is a strong one, adapted to market as we see it over the next three years.”
Jim Jenkins, a worker at the factory, said: “We were beginning to slow down. Our production was going down slightly due to the circumstances. We came through the period and now the production’s beginning to come up again. We’re seeing production rising every day so we seem to be getting back to normal. The way we were before the recession. ”
A cut in car sales, caused by the recession, led to major problems for Michelin. Fewer vehicles on the road meant fewer tyres were required.
But in recent months there has been an upsurge in sales of small, economic, cars, encouraged by the government scrappage scheme.
The Dundee plant, which employs almost 800 staff making it one of the biggest employers in the city, specialises in tyres for exactly that kind of car.