Scotland's hi-tech industries face a bleak mid-winter as one computer assembly company announces 500 job losses, and news filters through that more may follow.
Fullarton Computer Industries is to close one of its three plants in Scotland. The Gourock facility in Inverclyde, which assembled personal computers, is set to shut its doors with the loss of 500 jobs.
And according to today's Financial Times, technology giant IBM may also be planning job culls.
The paper reports that a meeting today of 700 workers at Big Blue's manufacturing plant in Greenock will find out whether they face redundancy.
Scotland's once thriving 'Silicon Glen' has been hit hard by weakness in the manufacturing economy.
In recent years semiconductor manufacturer NEC cut 800 jobs at its Livingston plant, and 3,000 jobs went when mobile phone manufacturer Motorola shut its Bathgate operation.
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