Employees have either taken leaves of absence or attended trainings.

The other two plants, Romsteel Cord in Zalau and Victoria Floresti have stopped working during Sundays.

As for the tire market, Michelin Romania officials declared that the dynamics of tire replacements increased last year by as much as 10 percent versus 2007, to 2.2 million units, but dropped during the first two months of 2009.

On January 6, Michelin resumed activity at its three plants in Romania, after closing gates on December 12, owing to the drop in global demand caused by the economic downturn.

The plant in Silvania Zalau has a headcount of 1,300. Before the crisis debuted, the plant produced over 600,000 tires annually. Romsteel Cord employs 300 people and produces metal cord, one of the most important components of the tire's carcass.