Business expansion
Est; Lorraine; Meurthe-et-Moselle
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

400 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
6 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
4 July 2016
Foreseen end date
30 November 2016


Société de Véhicules Automobiles de Batilly (Sovab), a subsidiary of the Renault group, announced that it will recruit 400 employees at its plant in Batilly (Meurthe-et-Moselle) specialised in the manufacturing of utility vehicles. The plant has already recruited 108 employees in May 2016 but needs to increase its workforce by an additional 400 recruits on short-term employment contracts with a length of 6 to 12 months, in order to manage increasing production volumes its "Master" utility vehicle. Sovab has offered permanent positions to a number of its temporary workers during the last wave of recruitment, and is now seeking for employees on the labour market with the support of the pubic employment service (Pôle emploi). No specific qualifications are required. All new employees will receive 4 weeks of training. In April 2012, Sovab announced that it would reduce its production from 500 to 422 vehicles with the cut of 313 temporary contracts out of a total of 440.


  • 4 July 2016: France 3 Lorraine
  • 4 July 2016: L'usine Nouvelle
  • 1 July 2016: Le Républicain Lorrain


Eurofound (2016), Société de Véhicules Automobiles de Batilly, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 88156, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88156.