This is a new stage in the negotiations in the case of the closure of the Bridgestone plant in Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) which was held at mMinistry of the Economy and Finance, Monday, October 19. “The objective of this morning’s discussions was to review the various alternative scenarios to the closure of the Béthune site.“, explains the journalist Maëlys September. Xavier Bertrand, president of the region Hauts-de-France, as well as the unions were present at the meeting. The management was not there. “Several options are on the table to try to save the Béthune site: takeover by another manufacturer in the tire sector or by another manufacturer“. The move upmarket in production, with more qualitative and therefore more expensive tires, can be considered.
“The state says it is ready to invest alongside Bridgestone in an attempt to save the plant and its 860 jobs“, reports the journalist of France Télévisions live from Bercy. For the moment, it is impossible to know which option will be favored by the Japanese group which had estimated in mid-September that a permanent closure was the only option. “No final decision this morning, a second opinion report is expected in the coming months. It is on this that the management and the State will be based to decide on the future of the Béthune site.“.
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