Despite Andalucia being bankrupt, unable to pay its pharmaceutical bill, schools or even fix potholes, the Junta has found 1,66 million euros -I assume in cash- to keep the Michelin tyre track people happy.
Hidden away behind the Cabo de Gata natural park in Nijar, Michelin has Europes largest tyre test track, where it test-destructs tyres to see how they respond. They’re also responsible for those empty lorries you see on the motorway with big weights on the back.
The cash will be used, ironically enough, to replace human drivers with machines, which will help the unemployment rate.
Michelin Espana-Portugal SA, the Iberian branch of the French company, employs 8,400 people and turned over 2,6 billion euros last year. The tyre track was created in 73 when Michelin needed an out of the way place to dump loads of old rubber tyres, and currently has over 100km of test tracks.
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