Reid to stay at Miche­lin Dundee for lim­ited time

LEAD­ER­SHIP: Long-serv­ing tyre fac­tory man­ager was due to leave city within weeks

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The out­go­ing man­ager of Dundee’s Miche­lin tyre plant is to con­tinue to lead the fac­tory be­yond his ex­pected de­par­ture next month.

It was an­nounced to staff in early March that John Reid would leave the Bal­dovie fa­cil­ity on May 21 to take up a new po­si­tion within the global Miche­lin busi­ness.

He was to be re­placed by Jonathan Wright – the cur­rent fac­tory man­ager of the group’s Stoke site and for­mer head of pro­duc­tion at its Bal­ly­mena fa­cil­ity – af­ter a short han­dover pe­riod.

How­ever, there has now been a change of heart and Mr Reid has con­firmed he will con­tinue to head up the Dundee site for a lim­ited pe­riod while tech­ni­cal is­sues on site are dealt with and sta­bilised.

Mr Wright is still due in Dundee as ex­pected and will work along­side the se­nior man­age­ment team for an in­terim pe­riod be­fore tak­ing over on a per­ma­nent ba­sis at a yet-to-be-de­ter­mined fu­ture date.

Mr Reid said Miche­lin man­age­ment had asked him to see through a num­ber of changes be­ing made on-site as part of an on­go­ing in­vest­ment pro­gramme.

One of the im­me­di­ate tech­ni­cal projects fac­ing the fac­tory is the in­stal­la­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of a new mul­ti­mil­lion pound piece of ma­chin­ery.

“We need the fac­tory to get through these ma­jor trans­for­ma­tions as safely and ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble,” Mr Reid said.

“But when you re­build a fac­tory from in­side out then you can get is­sues.

“It is all tech­ni­cal but it can im­pact on the sta­bil­ity of the plant.”

Mr Reid said a num­ber of ex­ter­nal fac­tors were also af­fect­ing the busi­ness, in­clud­ing a gen­eral re­duc­tion in de­mand for tyres within the Euro­pean mar­ket.

“With vol­umes re­duc­ing and tech­ni­cal chal­lenges it was de­cided it might not be the right time for a new face to go into the mid­dle of that mix.

“The com­pany has asked me to stay on a lit­tle longer and get things set­tled down.”

He added: “At that point it is a more straight­for­ward han­dover.”

Mr Reid has led the Dundee plant – which has al­most 1,000 work­ers – since 2010.

He is cred­ited with sav­ing and rein­vig­o­rat­ing the site af­ter it was threat­ened with clo­sure in the early months of his ten­ure fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tional re­view at Miche­lin’s head­quar­ters in Clermont Fer­rand, France.

The trans­for­ma­tion saw the Dundee site be­come one of the best-per­form­ing in the en­tire group and it has since se­cured mul­ti­ple rounds of in­vest­ment from the par­ent com­pany.

Miche­lin Dundee man­agerJohn Reid will con­tinue to lead the fac­tory be­yond his ex­pected de­par­ture next month.

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