The Michelin Romania factory at Zalau, Romania, will resume production after an 18-day stoppage.The reason for the stoppage was given as an adjustment in tyre orders, due to the state of the market.
The factory's 1,300 employees participated in training programmes during the shutdown. A spokesperson for the company said that the April work programme had not been finalised, but there are press reports that production could be halted for a week, most likely round the Easter holidays.
Michelin Romania's marketing manager, Alina Ghica, is quoted as saying that Michelin's sales for last year were up on 2007's figures, but she cannot make estimates for 2009, although sales for the first two months are believed to have increased, but at a lower rate of growth. Estimates are that the Romanian replacement tyre market increased by a minimum of 8% last year, rising to 2.2 million units. (Tyres & Accessories/Staffordshire, U.K.)