FOLLOWING a multi-million pound boost to the Michelin plant in Dundee a leading councillor has praised the firm for being “bold and ambitious”.
John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council made his comments after a fact finding visit to the Baldovie site which is worth around £45m to the city’s economy.
He said: “I was particularly pleased to see all of the innovation, investment and expansion which is underway at Michelin.
“This is the kind of activity which safeguards and secures jobs, in addition to creating new opportunities.
“It is a perfect example of a Dundee plant taking a leading approach on the global stage and being recognised for it by the international group. On this evidence is it is easy to say that they are bold and ambitious.
“They have led improvements and innovations which are ensuring that the Dundee site is at the top of the table for output, safety and investment.”
In June the company, along with Scottish Enterprise, announced a £16.5m investment that will add new premises and state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to support growing demand for larger tyres.
The new site will also include electric curing technology used to press tread onto tyres, which will mark the first time the French company has deployed such know-how on an industrial scale.
Cllr Alexander added: “Michelin is a global leader in developing the latest technology and the ongoing work coupled with the investment announced in the summer demonstrates foresight and ambition.
“It's international success stories like this and Tokheim, which I also visited recently, that we need to celebrate and support.
“Dundee is an innovator and sector leader in many fields and sometimes we don't always see what's right in front of us.”
Michelin opened its Dundee operation in 1972 and employs almost 900 people.
It manufactures more than 7,000,000 car tyres every year for export all over the world.
In 2006 Dundee was the first Michelin factory on the planet to embrace wind energy with two turbine generators helping to reduce its environmental impact and energy bills.