PARIS Here comes another name on the list of site closures. Dutch Royal Philips announced it would shut down its TV production facility in Dreux, France, a move that will impact about 212 jobs.
In a statement, Philips France presents the shutdown of the plasma TV production facility in Dreux as a necessary measure to "restore competitiveness on the TV market."
These words have a sense of déjà vu since the group's management shed 380 jobs in 2003 and closed its cathode ray tube factory in Dreux in 2006. In total, 1300 jobs were cut between 2004 and 2006 before the implementation of a restructuring plan in 2008 that impacted another 279 employees.
Members of the works council are summoned on Oct. 8 at the group's headquarters in Suresnes, France, to discuss the implementation of measures related to the site closure. Employees said they call for the reindustrialization of the site by the group, highlighting its activities in the medical and lighting markets.
At this point, the date of the site closure has not been specified.
With this decision and the recent closure of its production site in Bruges, Philips has ended all TV production in Western Europe. The group now conducts its TV production in Hungary, Argentina and Brazil.