Renault must solve a double equation: consolidate the return of profits posted in the first half of 2021 after a record loss of 8 billion euros in 2020 and negotiate the switch to electric with the arrival of new models.
Under these conditions, the diamond group is forced to restructure its engineering and support activities while adapting its production capacities in view of the arrival of production of nine new models by 2025.
Before the opening in the coming weeks of negotiations with the unions on a three-year agreement for 2022-2024, Renault has announced its desire to cut 2,000 additional jobs.
They would come on top of the 4,600 job cuts already announced last year.
“Renault Group reaffirms its desire to position France at the heart of its industrial and research and development activities, by locating on the national territory future technologies that create value,” said the car manufacturer.
10,000 training and retraining
He added that he was considering the production of nine new vehicles in France by 2025, mostly electric, as part of Renault's shift towards non-thermal models.
The group estimates that it will achieve 90% of Renault brand's sales in electric vehicles by 2030.
“To position its engineering at the best level of the automotive industry, the group must continue to adapt its workforce, involving 1,600 potential departures,” Renault nevertheless qualified.
And in the continuity of the actions taken by the group to control its costs, a refocusing of the support functions which could lead to the departure of 400 people is envisaged.
However, this restructuring should be offset by recruitments at the production sites.
Renault is considering 2,500 recruitments as well as 10,000 training and retraining for its various businesses.
However, this prospect will be conditional on the signing of an agreement with the unions.
In the coming months, Renault plans to produce its electric Mégane, its future electric Renault 5 and the electric version of the new Kangoo at its factories in Douai and Maubeuge (North), to which would be added an electric SUV and another future vehicle. For its part, the Dieppe plant would host the production of a new Alpine and the Sandouville site (Seine-Maritime), that of the new Electric Trafic van. As for the replacement for the large Master van, it would be produced in Batilly (Moselle).