On 11 December 2020, Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy, visited Goodyear's new tire facility in Dudelange to see the progress of the tire company's $77 million investment in Luxembourg. Franz Fayot was shown the innovative production process in this highly automated facility before the plant's official opening planned in spring 2021.
After the visit, the Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot, said: "Goodyear's investment is a leading example of Industry 4.0 technologies right here in the Luxembourg manufacturing sector, proving what can be done in partnership between the government and industry. Goodyear's new tire facility in Dudelange fits perfectly with our vision to make out of Luxembourg an internationally recognized platform for sustainable industrial excellence through innovative solutions. I wish to congratulate Goodyear on great progress with the project despite the ongoing pandemic."
"We were honored to host Minister Fayot for a sneak peek of our new state-of-the art, automated tire facility in Dudelange. Despite the challenges and hurdles related to the pandemic, the Goodyear team has continued to make significant progress on the project, with a priority on safety and quality", said Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear's Europe, Middle East and Africa business unit. Goodyear expects to begin supplying tires from Dudelange to its distributors in the early part of 2021.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 62,000 people and manufactures its products in 46 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. The company has been present in Luxembourg, where it employs about 3.400 associates, since the 1950s.
Press release by the Ministry of the Economy