Michelin to close Japanese tyre plant

ERJ staff report (DS)

Ota, Japan — Michelin has said it will cease manufacture of tyres at its factory in Ota, Japan, by July of this year. The company cited high production costs. The Ota plant makes passenger car tyres and light truck tyre and employs 380 people.

Michelin said management had since 2007 attempted to focus production on complex products such as the X Ice, but this was not enough to make the plant profitable.

Manufacture of tyres currently made at the Ota plant will be…

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