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• Renault Truck's factory at Dunstable will close if improvements are not made in the next year, warns RVI president and director-general Jean-Pierre Capron.
"Great Britain is as big a problem as Mack," says Capron. "If no improvements are made then we will supply the British market with built-up trucks like most of the other manufacturers do."
Capron's statement was the first public admission that the Dunstable plant is in danger of closing. One RVI official told CM; "This is the first time I have heard this, that it is possible to close Dunstable. I am surprised."
According to Capron, RVI and the Dunstable management have worked out a business plan for 1990, including production targets that will require improvements in both quality and efficiency.
Capron warns that RVI "must remain a part of the British market" which is one of its most important, but sales orders have dropped dramatically for Renault Truck Industries in Britain. According to Capron orders this year are down by 34%, while orders in France and Spain have fallen by only 10%.
Last year only 3,522 trucks were produced at Dunstable, compared with 4,585 a year earlier. 'The company is expected to announce 1989 los