Michelin closes a factory in Japan
The French manufacturer has just announced its intention to close its Ota factory north of Tokyo. The reason given is the low profitability of the site where production costs are twice as high as those of other factories producing the same types of tyres.
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The Ota plant employs 380 people, who, according to Michelin, will be transferred within the group, or outside the company. The Ota factory's current production will be divided between other sites producing car and van tyres in Asia, Europe and North America. Yet, this decision to close the plant next July is not an indication of the French manufacturer's desire to withdraw from the Japanese market, where it has been present since 1978. Some research and development activities will nevertheless be maintained on the site.
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