Paris: Renault SA said Friday it plans to create 400 jobs in France by moving excess production of its Clio Campus model from Slovenia to the French site of Flins northwest of Paris.
Nathalie Bourotte said the move will not entail any job losses at Renault’s Slovenian plant of Novo mesto, which makes the Twingo and Clio models and is at full capacity after a French government stimulus measure that has proven popular boosted demand for small models made there.
As a result of Friday’s announcement, Renault expects to produce around 8,000 Clio Campus vehicles in Flins from June to October to meet this extra demand. The French site mostly produces the newer Clio III model.
Industry minister Luc Chatel welcomed the move in a radio interview this morning, calling it a “repatriation of the production.”
Bourotte said the decision was taken for business reasons to meet increased demand, allowing the Slovenian plant to increase production of the Twingo while the French plant makes more Clio Campus.
“Novo Mesto has no more available capacity, which is why we took the decision,” she said.