EU visit of South Carolina to highlight automobile industry [fr]
The European consular corps will highlight EU investments in the automotive industry in South Carolina during a joint economic tour on May 18-19.
This tour will provide an opportunity for the various diplomatic missions to gain a better sense of the economic impact and strategic approach of some of the multinational companies of European origin that have chosen to invest in South Carolina.
On May 18, Consuls General Louis de Corail, Detlev Ruenger of Germany, Shane Stevens of Ireland and Consul Georgios Panagiotidis of Greece will visit the BMW US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The visit will include a luncheon with executives and members of the Chamber of Commerce of Greenville, as well as a welcome reception. The German automaker has invested $7 billion in Spartanburg and now employs 8,000 people.
The European delegation will continue their tour on May 19 with a visit of Michelin North America’s US headquarters in Greenville and a nearby tire plant. Michelin North America is a $10.76 billion dollar a year company operating 19 plants in 16 locations and employs 22,000 people.
They will conclude their tour with a visit of the plastics plant Mergon Corporation located in Anderson, South Carolina. The Irish manufacturing company makes foam air ducts, windscreen wash systems, and electric vehicle battery cooling. They have been present in South Carolina since 2013 with an initial investment of $4.4 million, generating 22 jobs.
Germany, France, and Ireland were among the top 20 foreign-direct investors in the State in 2013.