|Maurice Mory Taylor Jr.|
Quand il se dit prêt à acheter une usine indienne ou chinoise où les ouvriers sont payés un dollar de l'heure, c'est une boutade qui passe inaperçue pour les abrutis. Il veut souligner d'abord que la politique de l'OMC conduite par les occidentaux mène à ce genre de stupidité qui finira par crever les propres usines nationales du premier manufacturier mondial, Michelin. M. Montebourg est donc invité à faire des représentations auprès de la Commission européenne pour que soient dressées sans retard des barrières tarifaires à l'invasion de pneus chinois subventionnés, avant de songer à "discuter" avec un repreneur qui sera submergé par les produits asiatiques.
Nul doute que sa lettre a circulé dans les milieux d'affaires. C'est envoyé. Par une grande gueule certes ; mais pas si faux ! TITAN c'est aussi 1.486.998.000 dollars de ventes 2011 en pneus agricoles, miniers et tout-terrain, et un résultat d'exploitation de 132.173.000 dollars pour la même année (cf. comptes annuels). Nous aimerions avoir quelques grandes gueules dans son genre par chez nous. Voici la lettre originale selon le fac-simile des Echos.
February 8, 2013
Mr Arnaud Montebourg
Ministere du Redressement Productif
139 rue de Bercy
75572 Paris Cedes 12
Dear Mr. Montebourg:
I have just returned to the United States from Australia where I have been on the past few weeks on business; therefore, my apologies for not answering your letter dated 31st January 2013.
I appreciate your thinking that your Ministry is protecting industrial activities and jobs in France. I and Titan have a 40-year history in buying closed factories and companies, losing millions of dollars and turning them around to create a good business, paying good wages. Goodyear tried for over four years to save part of the Amiens jobs that are some of the highest paid, but the French unions and French government did nothing but talk.
I have visited the factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three, and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that's the French way!
You are a politician so you don't want to rock the boat. The Chinese are shipping tires into France - really all over Europe - and yet you do nothing. the Chinese government subsidized all the tire companies. In five years, Michelin won't be able to produce tires in France. France will lose its industrial business because its government is more government.
Sir, your letter states you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with money and talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have ? It has the French government. The French farmer wants cheap tire. He does not care if the tires are from China or India and governments are subsidizing them. Your government doesn't care either. "We're French !"
The U.S. government is not much better than the French. Titan had to pay millions to Washington lawyers to sue the Chinese tire companies because of their subsidizing. Titan won. The government collects the duties. We don't get the duties, the government does.
Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour and ship all the tires France needs. You can keep the so-called workers. Titan has no interest in the Amien North factory.
Maurice M. Taylor, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
TITAN INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
2701 SPRUCE STREET * QUINCY, ILLINOIS 62301
(217) 228-6011 * FAX (217) 228-3166
Pour mémoire, Titan annonçait en 2009 l'ouverture de négociations avec Goodyear pour le rachat du site d'Amiens, après avoir racheté l'usine GY de Freeport (Ill.) en 2005 :
September 23, 2009 11:21 AM Eastern Time
Titan International Inc. Signs Letter of Intent with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
QUINCY, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Titan International Inc. announces today that it has signed a letter of intent with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to purchase certain farm tire assets, including the Goodyear Dunlop Tires France (GDTF) Amiens North factory. This agreement is non-binding and will be subject to GDTF’s satisfactory completion of a social plan related to consumer tire activity at the Amiens North facility, along with completion of due diligence, a definitive acquisition agreement and other standard acquisition approval requirements.
“Titan maintains its focus and specialty in the farm and off-the-road wheel and tire business,” said Titan Chairman and CEO Maurice M. Taylor Jr. “We hope GDTF can come to an expedient arrangement with the Central Works Council in France. If this can be done, the process will move forward.”
Titan fabrique déjà pour la marque Goodyear aux Etats Unis. La CGT Amiens (Michael Wamen) veut attaquer en justice au niveau mondial les accords passés entre ces deux manufacturiers. Qui va payer les avocats ?
Fermez le ban.