30 May, 2013

The Technicolor area at a turning point next week

The situation of the former Technicolor site looks, slowly, in progress, at least from the legal standpoint. Since October 2012, the area, where thousands of Angevins worked in one of the symbolic company of the city, was a no man's land. But, behind the scene, Angers Loire Métropole and Angers city kept things moving. The Nanterre bankruptcy court will publish next week its judgment regarding the purchase of the place by those two authorities. The price is € 6.5 millions, 50% less than the original validation.

Regarding the use of the place by industry, it has been said by the local medias that three regional companies were candidates : the subcontracting groups Minerva (Tours), Cofidur (Laval), and another one, presently unknown. The three companies would not plan to manufacture important series but rather medium volumes for professionnals. About 80 jobs would be sufficient to begin.

In Maine et Loire, like in the Pays de la Loire and France, the unemployment continued to rise. More than 63 000 persons were looking for a  job in April. Prodigious industrialization in the department would be necessary to curb the trend. 

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