Investment into city

Michelin and Tesco deliver boost to Dundee

MichelinDundee received a double dose of good news today with a £16.5m investment in Michelin’s tyre plant and Tesco switching 250 call centre jobs to the city.

The Scottish government is supporting the cost of additional premises and radical environmentally-friendly manufacturing equipment at Michelin.

The plant will reduce its CO2 emissions by 7,140 tonnes per year.

Scottish Enterprise is providing a £4.5m environmental protection grant with the company investing £12m into the site, supporting the increasing demand for larger tyres.

Meanwhile, Dundee will benefit from Tesco’s decision to close a call centre in Cardiff and consolidate its operations into a single expanded operation in Dundee where 200 roles will be created. It follows Bank of Scotland’s decision to close a centre employing 250 staff.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, touring the Michelin plant, said: “Michelin is a global leader in developing the latest technology and this investment in making the next generation of fuel efficient tyres is another great example of a highly innovative company.

“This commitment and investment in the Dundee site will support the 850 fantastic, skilled workers here to remain at the cutting edge of their industry and help the worldwide drive to the low carbon economy.

“Michelin’s investment in Scotland is testament to our thriving manufacturing industry and its position as a key growth sector for the economy. Their continued commitment is proof of the skill and value of the Scottish workforce.”

Adrian Gillespie, a growth company director at Scottish Enterprise, said: “It is fantastic news that Michelin have chosen the Dundee site as the location for the first industrial scale implementation of their new electric curing technology, helping make the site even more efficient, growing the range of tyres it is capable of manufacturing, and helping to secure its future growth.”

John Reid, Michelin factory manager said the invesment represents a “very important step forward” for the factory and forms part of a much bigger investment to transform the plant.


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