Speedline, group suspends stop Tabina site, yes search for alternatives

The Swiss multinational Speedline suspends the decision to close the Tabina plant by the end of 2022 and postpones the search for alternative solutions to a discussion with the government and trade unions. Thus ends, with an unexpected white smoke, the crisis table opened today at the Mise to deal with the situation of the automotive company which in Veneto employs over 620 employees and has a vast industry that employs about 200 people.

A solution that for now satisfies trade unions and crisis units of the department of via Molise and which arrives on same day of the presentation by the government to the maneuver of the anti relocation amendment. New rules, long awaited and fought over, which dictate new rules for the management of industrial crises and layoffs as well as penalties that double the payment of the contribution to Naspi, in case companies refuse to present a plan or reach an agreement for saving the site.

The decision of the multinational to close the Tabina site in Santa Maria di Sala in the Province of Venice would be linked, as the unions explain, tonegative market performance, particularly in the pandemic phase, and the oversupply of wheels also linked to Chinese competition. In fact, in 2021, Speedline lost 23 million euros. Ronal Group produces 15 million wheels worldwide and 800 thousand wheels in the Speedline plant. Satisfied with the outcome of the meeting convened by the crisis committee of the Mise, coordinated by Luca Annibaletti Fim and Fiom who, however, do not let their guard down. (CONTINUED)

“For us there are all the conditions to implement initiatives to relaunch, improve quality, recover efficiency from the typology of high-end productions, also starting from financial resources that local and national institutions will be able to make available” explains the Fim national secretary, Ferdinando Uliano, unconvinced by the reasons of the CEO of Rolan Group to justify the closure. The drop in production and the market crisis denounced by the Swiss multinational “represent situations of a cyclical nature that cannot be faced with structural decisions to close the plant”, he adds.

Fiom also collects the result and awaits the start of a confrontation which must happen he says, “without prejudices to find a solution to maintain production and employment”. A closure of the site, on the other hand, warn the blue overalls of the CGIL, would be “a disaster for the industrial and employment prospects of the area and a severe blow to the Made in Italy supply chain, in particular that of extra luxury which, moreover, is all ‘other than in crisis “. For this reason, it is necessary to “remind the companies to which they supply rims for cars to their responsibilities, starting with Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati, which are preparing, among other things, new models for the future”.