ERJ staff report (DS)
Clermont Ferrand -- Marwan Arbache, 34, a former employee of Michelin, has been convicted of attempting to pass Michelin secrets to Bridgestone. Sentencing was delayed until 21 June by a court in Clermont Ferrand yesterday. He faces a jail sentence of up to 10 years. Michelin's lawyers had not responded to requests for further information as we went to press.
In 2007, Bridgestone was contacted by an unknown Michelin employee, using the name, Pablo de Santiago, offering to sell corporate secrets. The Japanese company cooperated with Michelin, and in July of that year, Arbache attended a meeting with a group of people he believed to be Bridgestone employees. In fact, they were working for Michelin and they turned Arbache over to the authorities.
On various websites, Arbache lists himself as responsible for a Euro 300k budget in the French heavy tyre sector and said he was responsible for implementing a new system to improve productivity. He lists his responsibilities as "Industrialisation manager in charge of the curing process of truck tyres for the european and african zones." In this role, he said he was responsible for a four-person central team and a fourteen factory correspondents network within Michelin.
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