“To close the Renault model plant at Choisy-le-Roi would be heresy!”
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A model of the circular economy, the Renault car plant in Choisy-le-Roi, which reconditions spare parts, is one of the sites that the head office is considering closing, according to information from Le Canard Enchaîné and Les Echos, a “heresy” for the town’s mayor, Didier Guillaume (PCF).
In an article in its 20 May edition, Le Canard Enchaîné reports that the carmaker is preparing to announce a savings plan of at least 2 billion euros on 29 May, including the closure of four sites in Choisy-le-Roi, Dieppe, Caudan and Flins.This is due to the deterioration of the company’s economic situation, which began long before the coronavirus crisis, with a loss of 141 million euros in 2018 (compared to a profit of 3.3 billion euros in 2018) and was accentuated by the global health and economic crisis.
A transfer of Choisy’s activities to Flins?
According to its information, the factories at Choisy-le-Roi, Caudan (the foundries in Brittany) and Dieppe (which produces the Alpine) should be closed, while Flins, in the Yvelines, could remain open but not to produce vehicles, and the business daily says that Choisy’s activities could be transferred to Flins…
In terms of number of employees, the Choisy-le-Roi site is the smallest of the four, employing just under 300 people, compared with just under 400 in Caudan and Dieppe and 2,600 (excluding temporary workers) in Flins.12 Renault currently has 12 plants in France out of a total of 18 in Europe (Spain, Portugal, Slovenia).
Choisy-le-Roi: pioneer of the circular economy before its time
At Choisy-le-Roi, the factory, located in the former gardens of King Louis XV, has been developing the standard exchange of refurbished parts since 1949, making it a specialist in circular economy even before words were put into the concept. At the time, this activity had been transferred from Ile Seguin (Boulogne Billancourt), which was home to a major Renault industrial site until 1992.Dismantling, sorting, washing, polishing, refurbishing, re-assembling, testing and reconditioning… This is what the workers at the chosen plant are working on with the aim of succeeding in recycling an ever-increasing proportion of each part.After having sharply reduced its workforce, the factory had started hiring again a few years ago and had even set up, with partners such as the local missions, the Cité des métiers, the CCI 94, Pôle Emploi, Greta and temporary employment agencies, a local recruiting-training and integration channel.