THE KNOT OF FRANCE – The current interim CEO, Clotilde Delbos (right in the photo together with President Jean-Dominique Senard), stressed that it is one contraction indispensable after years of excessive investments in order to increase production rates as much as possible. The statement does not mention the future of the French factories: the latter is a fundamental node given the strong political and trade union controversies that have arisen in France in recent days. However, the transalpine house has reiterated that talks on the various possible future scenarios will have to be started soon, with the reconversion of the Flins plants, where the Renault Zoe and Nissan Micra are built, and Dieppe at the end of the career of the current Alpine A110.
CLOSED PLANTS – Some plants, such as Flins’, could focus on the activities dedicated to the recycling of materials to be used on the cars of tomorrow. While the Settlements of Douai and Maubeuge, in northern France, would become “centers of excellence” for electric and light commercial vehicles respectively. Overall, according to Renault, there will be six plants under review. The press release also states that the house will reduce living costs by cutting the number of external suppliers, in key sectors such as in the mechanical sector: general components, transmissions and so on.
LOSS OF PLACES IN FRANCE – A spokesman for the CFDT union said the plan will result in an overall loss of 4,500 jobs in France, which is approximately 10% of the carmaker’s total workforce in its home country. A slimming cure also to be carried out through incentive mechanisms, such as specific early retirement plans. The Renault Group currently has around 180,000 employees worldwide.
ALLIANCES – These latest proposals are in addition to what was communicated in recent days by the Alliance Renault Nissan Mitsubishi on what will be done by the three companies to contain development and production costs (here to know more). Finally, it should be remembered that Nissan has also recently announced its renewal plan which includes the closure of its car factory in Barcelona and the concentration of European production in the Sunderland plant, in England (here to know more).