Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin: "We are in a position to restart"
Among the first to have closed its factories in Europe on March 16, the Clermont-Ferrand group (24 billion euros in turnover in 2019) is, with its 69 factories in seventeen countries, in all fronts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Its factories are operating in Asia (except India) and South America.Most of them are shut down or in very limited production in Europe, the United States and Canada.Florent Menegaux, the group's president for a long time just under a year, explains how he envisions the conditions for a restart.
When do you plan to resume in France?
From now on Monday March 30, I launched, in a video addressed to the whole group, the signal of the resumption of activities in France and in Europe.The plant in Troyes began to cure its first tire on Wednesday April 1 at It's an agricultural tire, because the agricultural world continues to operate strongly and needs our tires.
"We are not going to be able to live locked up without a time limit or waiting for months for a drug to be developed or a vaccine to be found"
It is important to understand that restarting industrial activities like Michelin's takes time.We are gradually ramping up production capacities.This week [from March 30 to April 3], we have focused on activities that meet the essential needs of the population: agriculture in Troyes, civil engineering in Puy-en-Velay.With, from next week, the sites that produce basic materials for our tires: mixing in Montceau-les- Mines [Saône-et-Loire], metal cables in Golbey [Vosges].And we are in the process of synchronizing ourselves with the car manufacturers in order to be able to serve them when their chains restart.
Posted Date: 2020-11-23