The plastic food container manufacturer, Tupperware will close its plant in Joue-les-Tours and eliminates 235 jobs
The Directorate General of plastic food boxes manufacturer Tupperware Thursday presented to staff representatives “a proposed closure” of its production site in Joue-les-Tours (Indre-et-Loire) resulting in the elimination of 235 jobs. Site closure is expected to close in March 2018, according to a statement of the management received by AFP.
“Faced with a significant industrial overcapacity in its European manufacturing network linked to improved productivity and a slowdown in its business in Central and Western Europe and particularly in France, the company must optimize its industrial footprint to restoring its competitiveness and ensure growth, “the statement said.
Reclassification proposal “to each employee”
“It was ten years ago, there were 55 machines operating at the factory in Joue-les-Tours, today there are 8, and they do not run at full speed,” explained a spokesperson for Tupperware, which has four production sites (Belgium, Greece, Portugal and France) serving the European markets.
It is “essential to have a level of competitiveness adapted to ensure the sustainability of the company in France and in Europe,” according to company management. “Tupperware wants to be exemplary by proposing a reclassification to each employee and making every effort to find a buyer,” said the spokesman.
Production overcapacity in Europe in 2017 is 35% and is 45% if the French site was pursuing its activities, he has also argued.