This is a "necessary step due to the increasingly difficult global market situation, which is leading to a further decline in orders, after which for over a decade the two sites suffered from a continuous decline in sales and consequent negative economic situation ". Thus the German multinational Mahle explains the decision to close its two Piedmontese factories in La Loggia, in the Turin area, and in Saluzzo, in the Cuneo area. A choice that will cost 450 people to work. "The reduction in the level of orders at European level, mainly in the production of diesel engines – it is still said – has considerably reduced the current and future used capacity of the La Loggia and Saluzzo plants, where pistons are produced. Mahle is unfortunately forced to plan the closure of the plants of La Loggia and Saluzzo, and consultations with the trade unions will soon begin ". The company reiterates its intention to collaborate "closely with the workers' representatives in order to consider every possible alternative measure and minimize the potential impact on the approximately 450 employees of the two plants involved".About 400 workers held a presidium in front of the Industrial Union, where the meeting with the top management took place. "Against this closure – affirms the general secretary Fismic Confsal Roberto Di Maulo – we fully support the struggle of the workers involved. Multinationals must be prevented from considering the Italian territory as a lemon to be squeezed, Minister Patuanelli immediately intervenes".