Miche­lin will con­tinue to spon­sor V&A.

Mu­seum grate­ful for French com­pany’s sup­port af­ter bomb­shell over fac­tory

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NA­DIA VIDINOVA nvidi­nova@the­courier.co.uk

Miche­lin will con­tinue to spon­sor a gallery in Dundee’s V&A mu­seum de­spite the city fac­tory’s im­mi­nent clo­sure.

The spon­sor­ship, the amount of which the com­pany de­clined to dis­close, is be­ing paid from the Miche­lin Cor­po­rate Foun­da­tion and was first an­nounced in 2016.

The decade-long fund­ing se­cured the nam­ing rights for the Miche­lin De­sign Gallery, which show­cases “the achieve­ments of V&A Dundee’s learn­ing and in­no­va­tion pro­gramme, aimed at fam­i­lies, schools, com­mu­nity groups, adults, chil­dren, busi­nesses and creative pro­fes­sion­als alike.”

A men­tor­ing pro­gramme was also to be es­tab­lished, “of­fer­ing its staff the op­por­tu­nity to be di­rectly in­volved with the mu­seum and its learn­ing pro­grammes, as well as pro­vid­ing a plat­form to share their own knowl­edge and skills.”

A spokesman for the tyre man­u­fac­turer con­firmed the agree­ment will be hon­oured, but de­clined to comment fur­ther.

A V&A Dundee spokesper­son said: “The sad news doesn’t im­pact on the spon­sor­ship of the gallery, which is from the in­ter­na­tional Miche­lin Cor­po­rate Foun­da­tion.

“We are very sorry to hear of the planned clo­sure of Dundee’s Miche­lin fac­tory, and our thoughts are with ev­ery­one af­fected by this news.

“V&A Dundee has ben­e­fited from work­ing with Miche­lin ap­pren­tices and vol­un­teers in the mu­seum’s ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as from the sup­port of the in­ter­na­tional Miche­lin Cor­po­rate Foun­da­tion.”

Dundee City Coun­cil leader John Alexan­der wel­comed Miche­lin’s con­tin­ued sup­port for the V&A but said his main fo­cus was on help­ing to work out ways to save the fac­tory.

He added: “Clearly Miche­lin’s sup­port for the city must start with the work­force.

“Over and above that, the on­go­ing sup­port for the city and the V&A is wel­come.

“How­ever, the re­ten­tion of a Miche­lin fa­cil­ity is far more im­por­tant and my pri­mary fo­cus right now.”

The Miche­lin Cor­po­rate Foun­da­tion was cre­ated in 2014 to sup­port the firm’s “so­ci­etal com­mit­ment”.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, it: “Sup­ports pro­jects that are in­no­va­tive, en­gaged in the life of the city, co­her­ent with the group’s ac­tiv­i­ties and close to its col­lab­o­ra­tors and sites.”

It sup­ports the long hisory of com­mu­nity work and char­ity en­deav­our in which the Dundee plant’s work­force has long been in­volved.

Miche­lin has played a big role in the Dundee com­mu­nity over the years.

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