Goodyear has recently announced that it intends to leave the farm tyre business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The project remains subject to consultation with the European Central Works Council and relevant countries' employee representative bodies where required.
This project is expected primarily to impact on Goodyear Dunlop Tires France's Amiens North plant, which accounts for nearly 60% of Goodyear farm tyre production in the EMEA region.
Goodyear Dunlop Tires France recently presented to the French Central Works Council a plan to close its Amiens North facility. The project to leave the EMEA farm tyre business is also expected to impact on farm tyre manufacturing in other locations in the region. The project remains subject to consultation with the relevant employee representative bodies and other local approvals.Focus on core businesses
"The company's intention to exit the EMEA farm tyre business is consistent with our strategy to strengthen Goodyear's focus on its core businesses," explained Arthur de Bok, president of Goodyear EMEA and chairman of GDTE.
Goodyear previously sold its farm tyre businesses in North America (2005) and Latin America (2011). Goodyear's Asia Pacific farm tyre business is not impacted on by the project.