EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Wimetal

Company/Organisation:
Wimetal

Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Bas-Rhin; Alsace; Est
Location of affected unit(s): Wissembourg

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
Number Employed: 181
Group: Tenneco

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 07-11-2007
Planned Job Reductions min: 181
Planned Job Reductions max: 181
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy/Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-12-2007
Foreseen End Date: 01-04-2008

Additional Information

Tenneco, the U.S. car parts manufacturer, has announced that its site in Wissembourg, in the Bas-Rhin region, is to close with the loss of 181 jobs. The plant is operated by Tenneco’s subsidiary Wimetal, and exhaust pipes are produced at the site. The site will be closed between December 2007 and April 2008, and Tenneco has cited overcapacity within the region as the grounds for the closure. Tenneco also operates sites in Rennes at which 37 are employed, and Iwuy, at which 59 are employed. The group has stated that these sites will not be affected by the closure of the Wissembourg plant. Tenneco operates 90 plants in 24 countries.