FRANCE: Union hails Renault-Caterham Alpine JV to secure Dieppe jobs
France's CFE-CGC union has welcomed the announcement by Renault and Caterham to jointly develop Alpine sports vehicles at the French automaker's Dieppe site, securing at least 300 jobs.
The Alpine plant in Dieppe currently builds vehicles developed by Renault Sport Technologies both production - Clio RS - and racing models. The Dieppe site, built in 1969, is the home of the Alpine brand which produced models such as the Berlinette.
"In the present gloom in which the French automobile industry finds itself, not only with PSA, but also with Renault with significant falls in market share, it is pleasing for CFE-CGC Renault to be given this news," said a union statement.
"On a social level, this announcement can only make the Dieppe staff happy after several years of uncertainty about the continuation of the plant and jobs. It is also a good sign sent to the region for small and medium enterprises, which will have the possibility to become involved in development and production of this new product."
Any new models could appear within four years, while the Caterham Group will own a 50% stake in the Automobiles Alpine Renault company, currently 100 % held by Renault SAS. The Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham, which will result from this partnership, will be set up in January, 2013.
The project, which Renault says ensures the Dieppe Plant has a "sustainable future," was aided by "substantial support" from the French State and the Région Haute Normandie, which also involved the contribution of Dieppe Maritime.
PSA Peugeot Citroen recently inked a partnership with Agromash Holding, for the assembly and distribution of the French automaker's passenger cars and LCVs in Kazakhstan. Simon Warburton was in contac...
As the middle of the year gets closer, the the European automotive marketplace isn't getting any easier. By last year, Western Europe's car market had lost 3m units since its 2007 peak (a heady 14.8m...
Results season - Q1 2013, Q4/fiscal year 2012/3, etc. We disappear under a mountain of figures and you get it all neatly sliced, diced and packaged here. Enjoy....
PSA Peugeot Citroen says 340 staff from its Aulnay plant have temporarily transferred to the Poissy factory in a bid to boost daily production hit by strike action at the North-East Paris site....
PSA Peugeot Citroen's hardline CGT union says it will continue its strike at the automaker's Aulnay plant near Paris and has promised unspecified further action in its bid to halt the factory's propos...
- Volvo UK specs up seven seat XC90 redesign
- ANALYSIS: Mercedes smart brand's last chance?
- Management briefing: 48V mild hybrids (2)
- THE WEEK THAT WAS: Hobnobbing with the A-listers
- COMMENT: Diesel not out in London and Paris
- Geneva show list updated
- UK: Aston Martin to reveal future models strategy
- Honda chief quits
- Ricardo unveils new prototype electric motor
- Land Rover updates Evoque
- Global light vehicle engine technologies market- forecasts to 2029
- Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future
- LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates - Latest Monthly Update
- Global electrified light vehicles market- forecasts to 2018
- PLDB - vehicle cycle plan database (annual subscription)