Another hard blow for the industry in Alsace. After Knorr, another factory is scheduled to shut down. The electric bus manufacturer Aptis, an Alstom subsidiary located in Hangenbieten (Bas-Rhin) and which employs 141 people, plans to close “by the end of 2021 if no buyer is found”, announced a spokesperson for Alstom, confirming information from the Latest News from Alsace.
Created in 2018, the company invokes a “gap in the needs of operators in France and Europe on the electric bus market” compared to its offer, as well as “strong competition on the European market”. “There are a lot of players who have entered this market, in particular with lower-end products than ours, and who have won over some of the operators who were our clients,” said the spokesperson.
A wanted buyer
The company, which had recorded the order for 87 electric buses, has a “load plan until the fall of 2021” and still has to deliver 62 vehicles. Its electric buses, with a capacity of 100 passengers and a range of 250 kilometers, had notably been delivered to the Strasbourg Eurometropolis. After the discovery of defects “of a security nature”, they had been withdrawn from circulation in April, according to the DNA.
The establishment of an Employment Protection Plan (PSE) for “cessation of activity” began Tuesday with a first meeting between the management of the company and employee representatives. In accordance with the Florange law, the group has undertaken to find a buyer, with the assistance of the Alsace Development Agency.