EU sources -Crisis in automotive and steel industries far from over -February 04, 2013

The road to recovery in Europe’s auto industry will not be without obstacles. Many jobs are still on the line. Only a few carmakers are managing to pull through, by placing their bets on highly skilled labour. One of the consequences of the crisis in the European automobile market is the planned closure of several steelworks by Arcelor Mittal, such as in Liege in Belgium, and Florange in France. According to an analysis of the Belgian information centre CRISP, published in the daily Le Soir, it is first and foremost the system of globalisation that allows industrialists to open and close sites as and when it suits them. For any industrial group, every investment is seen as a source of profit and becomes an adjustable variable when so required by the market.




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