FINDLAY, Ohio -- (Business Wire)
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of Cooper Tire &
Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today announced it will move forward with a
previously announced proposal to cease light vehicle tire production at
its Melksham, England facility. The plan is geared to help Cooper Tire
Europe enhance its competitiveness in the global tire industry.
The collective consultation process with employee representatives at the
facility, which began in October 2018, has concluded and it is expected
that light vehicle tire production will be phased out over a period of
approximately 10 months at the site with an estimated 300 roles
eliminated. Cooper Tire Europe will obtain light vehicle tires to meet
customer needs from other sites within Cooper’s global production
network. Employees whose roles will be eliminated will receive
appropriate notice, enhanced separation pay and continued career
Approximately 400 roles will remain in Melksham to support functions
that will continue there, including motorsports and motorcycle tire
production, a materials business, Cooper Tire Europe headquarters and
sales and marketing, and the Europe Technical Center.
“We are doing all possible to assist impacted employees as we take this
necessary step to enhance Cooper Tire Europe’s competitiveness, enable
our growth plans and secure a sustainable long-term future for our
business,” said Jaap van Wessum, General Manager – Cooper Tire Europe.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains what the company believes are “forward-looking
statements,” as that term is defined under the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding projections, expectations or
matters that the company anticipates may happen with respect to the
future performance of the industries in which the company operates, the
economies of the U.S. and other countries, or the performance of the
company itself, which involve uncertainty and risk. Such
“forward-looking statements” are generally, though not always, preceded
by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “will,” “should,” “believes,”
“projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” and similar terms that
connote a view to the future and are not merely recitations of
historical fact. Such statements are made solely on the basis of the
company’s current views and perceptions of future events, and there can
be no assurance that such statements will prove to be true.
These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements
regarding the company’s subsidiary’s plans to cease light vehicle tire
production in Melksham and continue its other operations. There are a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein,
including the timing to discontinue light vehicle tire production, the
ability and timing to obtain these tires from other company facilities,
turnover of employees, the impact on other operations, and the company’s
ability to realize the benefits contemplated by the action.
It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any
forward-looking statements in this release are based on certain
assumptions and analyses made by the company in light of its experience
and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future
developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the
circumstances. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such
statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results
or developments may differ materially from those projected.
The company makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statement
included herein or to disclose any facts, events or circumstances that
may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement. Further
information covering issues that could materially affect financial
performance is contained in the company’s filings with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a
global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture,
marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck,
motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio,
with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations
within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries
around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com,
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