Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

120 jobs at Montupet

By Rosie Cowan

And in a separate development, former Dunmurry plant boss Georges Senninger, who recently moved back to the French-owned companyÕs head office, has resigned.

And in a separate development, former Dunmurry plant boss Georges Senninger, who recently moved back to the French-owned companyÕs head office, has resigned.

Mr Senninger, who was involved in a bitter 10-week long industrial dispute with workers who staged an unofficial strike, had been senior manager at the Belfast factory since Montupet set up eight years ago and is married to a local woman.

Meanwhile, Montupet Dunmurry has won two contracts from the Ford Motor Company that will lead to the opening of a new production line in the Belfast factory.

French-owned Montupet will start producing cylinder heads for the Ford Fiesta this year, and manufacture parts for FordÕs next generation diesel engine in 1998.

The Dunmurry plant already makes cylinder heads and alloy wheels for a number of leading names in the global car industry, including Ford, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen/Audi.

Montupet has also announced plans to build a new plant in Mexico to service expanding autmotive markets in the US.

Bernard Lelievre, the Dunmurry plantÕs new managing director, said he was delighted with the two new projects and excited by the challenges which lay ahead for the Northern Ireland workforce.

The company, which employs around 450 people, promised to eventually create 1,000 jobs when it sets up in the former De Lorean car factory.

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