Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc welcomes MEP Technologies

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) – a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise – is an Innovation Parc in Dundee, Scotland, for sustainable mobility and low carbon energy.

MSIP’s first tenant – MEP Technologies Ltd – designs and manufactures high technology battery systems for portable industrial storage and automotive electric vehicle systems. It has relocated from its existing Dundee premises to accommodate the growth of its business. It initially brings 10 jobs to the Innovation Parc, with plans to create up to 10 new jobs at MSIP over the next two years.

In addition to the first tenant company, MSIP is in the advanced stages of discussions with several other companies in low carbon industries and anticipates further tenants within the next 12 months. These companies could create an additional 200 jobs at the Innovation Parc.

Two previously announced companies that had reached provisional agreements to locate at MSIP in July – Arcola Energy and Low Emissions Resources Global – have been delayed by COVID-19 impacts, but anticipate a move to MSIP in Spring/Summer 2021.

Plans to further develop MSIP’s Skills Academy and Innovation Centre are continuing, with infrastructure work scheduled to start in November 2020.

Michelin announced the closure of its factory in Dundee on 6 November 2018. Plans to transform the site into MSIP were announced several months later. Nearly 800 former Michelin Dundee staff have found new employment, with 43 people still seeking new roles. MSIP will inform all former Michelin Dundee employees of any new opportunities at the Innovation Parc, as they emerge.

The Michelin Dundee Action Group (MDAG) – the stakeholder group formed to address the initial closure announcement – met on 2 November 2020 to receive an update on the Michelin Dundee workforce and MSIP and agree the best way forward for MDAG. It was agreed at that meeting that MDAG will evolve into two key stakeholder groups, one with a national focus, Chaired by Linda Hanna, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Enterprise and another that will bring together key stakeholders at a local and regional level, to be Chaired by John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council.

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