French aerospace group Dassault Aviation is to shift some of its production out of France to regions with lower costs or which use the dollar as currency, chairman and chief executive Charles Edelstenne said.
´We are in the process of preparing measures to adapt the group to the new situation created by the latest slides in the dollar,´ he told Le Monde in an interview published yesterday. The news follows the announcement last week by Europe´s largest aircraft manufacturer EADS that it may shift some of plane unit Airbus´ production to the US dollar zone to curb losses related to the dollar´s weakness.
Edelstenne said the precise measures will be announced to staff in early January but said the group´s assembly lines will remain in France.
Edelstenne said that after a 30 pct drop in the dollar´s value against the euro in two years ´we cannot withstand such a disparity while producing and buying in the euro zone. The natural step is to be moving to dollar regions or those with low costs, as has been done by the automobile industry.