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Paris convenes auto summit as headwinds blow | Automotive Trade Information
Closure of Ford’s Blanquefort transmissions plant close to Bordeaux is symptomatic of change sweeping French manufacturing
France’s Finance Minister has held an pressing assembly in Paris with unions, regional Councils, suppliers and representatives of the nation’s automobile business because the sector undergoes radical change surrounding the rising transfer to new propulsion.
Nowhere has this problem extra vividly illustrated than the latest furore surrounding Ford’s determination to shutter its transmissions plant in Blanquefort close to Bordeaux, making all 850 staff redundant.
Bruno Le Maire convened the assembly, additionally attended by his Economic system and Finance Minister, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, in addition to Plateforme Vehicle president and former Training Secretary, Luc Chatel, in a bid to deal with the a number of points posed by the transition to new propulsion.
“This assembly is a part of a working cycle put in place by the 2 Ministers and Regional Presidents following a gathering on eight January, designed to set out the place of the State and areas regarding industrial coverage,” stated an announcement from Le Maire’s Finance Ministry.
“This primary assembly centred on the automotive business, which is dealing with quite a few evolutions: autonomous and linked automobiles, electrical autos, power combine, diesel and coaching/competence.”
The Finance Minister grew to become a extremely seen determine, together with French unions, Pressure Ouvrière (FO), CFE-CGC and Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), within the battle to avoid wasting the Blanquefort web site, which culminated in Ford providing to pay EUR20m (US$22.5m) to re-industrialise the plant, though it isn’t clear what precisely this entails.
For its half, Ford stated it was working with the French authorities to scale back the influence of the Blanquefort manufacturing facility’s closure.
“When Ford leaves the FAI web site, we additionally wish to achieve this in a good and accountable method,” stated a Ford assertion despatched to just-auto. “That’s the reason we now have provided a complete social plan and have signed a Letter of Intent with the French Authorities providing revitalisation assist considerably above the authorized requirement.
“Ford has provided to switch the land (depolluted to agreed requirements) and constructing for EUR1. We are going to share extra particulars about our revitalisation plan as soon as finalised.”