France: 13.400 jobs in danger because of diesel decline
Some 50 French automotive suppliers are in serious trouble because of the spectacular fall of diesel sales in Europe. Faced with the transition of the car industry to other energy sources, these companies are in serious danger, says the French DGE (general management of enterprises).
“Among all the companies supplying for the diesel chain, we detected a quarter of them having serious difficulties,” says Thomas Courbe, CEO of the DGE. In its annual report, the DGE has found 54 companies with “potentially serious difficulties”, representing 13.400 jobs.
50% has to change
“A second quarter of the concerned companies has to evolve, to innovate,” says the DGE. “But this evolution seems possible when accompanied by the necessary measures.”
“We concentrate our efforts on these first two-quarters of concerned companies,” Courbe continues. “All companies have been visited to determine their situation and define possible solutions.”
The dieselgate affair has started a never seen before declining of diesel sales in the whole of Europe. In France, 70% of the vehicle park were diesel cars in 2012, last year this was practically halved.
The situation is similar throughout Western Europe, except (maybe) for Germany. There the all-important car lobby manages partly to save diesel propulsion, until now.
In November 2018, a study of the French PFA (Plateforme Automobile or Automotive Platform) had indicated that 35.000 jobs in total in France could be severely affected by this diesel decline.