Sunday, February 05, 2006
Bosch: Cautious Optimism
The number one employer in Aveyron is the Bosch factory, which produces diesel engine parts for Volkswagen. Recently VW announced that they would discontinue the use of these parts in three years, leaving the Rodez area to wonder -- and worry -- about the future of the plant. In this age of outsourcing and globalisation, manufacturing plants are by definition fragile affairs, and the cancellation of a huge contract would seem to be cause for pessimism. Not so. My friends who work at the plant tell me they aren't even thinking or talking about the issue, and other locals who should know assure me everybody is very optimistic that a new production activity will be found. Let's hope that's the case, because the loss of up to 2,000 jobs in the area would be an unbearable blow to the local economy.