Five-year plan to modernize Goodyear’s Amiens plant

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Goodyear has announced plans to modernize its tire manufacturing plant in Amiens, France, over the next five years. The proposed project will strengthen the competitiveness of the plant through a high degree of digitalization, automation and equipment upgrades for more sustainable and innovative production of premium, large-rim-diameter consumer tires, including those for electric and hybrid vehicles.

The plan includes an investment of €148m (US$163m), which is supported by the French government’s Automotive Recovery Plan through a loan and €44.6m (US$49m) in state aid.

The Amiens plant employs approximately 800 workers. The plan would preserve employment for at least the next 10 years and would include a skills development training program.

“The automotive industry is experiencing unprecedented changes, which are also transforming the tire industry,” said Pierre-Jean Eraud, president of Goodyear France. “We have been working with the French authorities for more than a year on this modernization project, confirming Goodyear’s commitment to promoting opportunities for our workforce and the competitiveness of the region.”

The project remains subject to consultation with relevant employee representative bodies and regulatory approvals from the European Commission.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ, Wired, Kipp Report and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Wheel Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence

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