Bridgestone to close its tyre factory in FranceChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 18, 2020
Bridgestone announced during an Extraordinary Works Council it intends to stop all activity at the Bethune plant, as it is the only viable path to safeguard the competitiveness of Bridgestone’s operations in Europe.
Topics: Bridgestone France
This would be done in close consultation and through sustained dialogue with employee representatives. Preretirement measures, support for the reassignment of employees to other Bridgestone activities in France and initiatives to facilitate external redeployment, will be proposed by the company and discussed in detail with employee representatives in the coming months.
Furthermore, Bridgestone intends to minimize the impact on the region as much as possible by deploying a solid employment revitalization plan for the area. The company has committed to establishing a dedicated outplacement program and to actively search for a buyer for the site. ■