Sogerma: A Lasting Industrial Solution for the Mérignac Site
(Source: EADS; issued July 13, 2006)
AMSTERDAM --- The Management of EADS Sogerma Services will be submitting to the Central Works Council for approval a lasting solution for the take-over of its industrial activity for the site of Mérignac. The Group TAT, which already runs successfully aircraft maintenance operations has been chosen at this stage, on the basis of an industrially and financially sound project, whereby the Sogerma staff concerned could continue working and using their skills at the Mérignac site.

In this project, TAT would take over the maintenance activities while the EADS Group would keep the aerostructure activities under the responsibility of EADS Sogerma Services. The EADS Group would therefore remain on the site of Mérignac where part of the head office of Sogerma would continue to be located.

In this project, the Group TAT has committed to keep approximately 500 members of staff working in maintenance on the site of Mérignac. ATR wing activities run by EADS Sogerma Services will concern eventually 150 employees. In addition to this solution, the mobility initiative proposed and the early retirement plan will enable to offer the staff of Sogerma Mérignac concerned solutions within the EADS Group.

“We have chosen the best possible solution for the staff and the industrial future of the Sogerma Mérignac site. This solution enables EADS to go beyond its commitments and to safeguard approximately 650 jobs on the site,” said EADS CEO Tom Enders and Louis Gallois.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of EUR 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.


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