Leader's statement on Dunlop

By on 03/02/2014 in Leader, News

The following is a response from Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, to the news that Dunlop proposes to transfer its tyre production from Erdington to other plants in its European manufacturing network.

Cllr Sir Albert Bore

Cllr Sir Albert Bore

He said: “This is bitterly disappointing news, and my thoughts are with the staff and families affected by this decision.

“As a council we have done everything within our power since last May to make it as easy as possible for Dunlop to remain in the city. They have been offered several alternative sites including the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston, The Hub at Witton and Prologis Park in Minworth – we’ve also considered any grant support that might be possible as part of our offer.

“Additionally, I have personally written to Richard Kramer, Chairman, President and CEO of their parent firm Goodyear, in Ohio to state our case. Given the UK’s reputation as a centre of global motorsport excellence, it is a perplexing decision, and I would urge Dunlop to reconsider. We have sites ready for use, and it is not too late to rethink.

“We will continue to state Birmingham’s case and fully support Dunlop employees if we cannot get this decision reconsidered.”

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