Michelin planning to convert German tire plant to cleantech park

HALLSTADT, Germany — Group Michelin plans to “revitalize” the site of its tire plant in Hallstadt — due to close by early 2021 — by turning it into a “clean-tech” light industry development center.

Michelin disclosed in September 2019 it would shut the 49-year-old Hallstadt site by early 2021, as demand in Europe for the plant’s smaller rim-diameter tires continues to drop.

The French tire maker disclosed Sept. 16 it aims to bring together “ambitious” and “interdisciplinary” sustainable mobility players in the region at the proposed Cleantech Innovation Parc Bamberg. Hallstadt is a community of about 8,500 inhabitants that’s part of the greater Bamberg city/district.

Currently at a concept stage, the parc will be joined by leading research institutes, automotive suppliers and the cleantech sector to develop a “sustainable ecosystem,” Michelin said.

The nearly 950,000-sq.-ft. facility will focus on new mobility concepts, drive systems and green cutting-edge technologies, Michelin added.

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