The Managing Director of Dunlop Brand Europe, has said it was the firm's 'strong preference' to stay Birmingham, but it was not possible.
The firm has just announced the closure of its tyre plant in Erdington with the loss of 241 jobs from Birmingham.
He went on to say:
“For several months, we have also worked closely with local agencies and authorities to identify local Birmingham site alternatives.
Unfortunately no other appropriate site was available locally which would have provided continuity of supply to our key customers.
The company has begun informing and consulting with affected employees and Union representatives of the Erdington site. 241 jobs will potentially be affected.