Scottish hi tech staff have become the latest victims of the Asian economic turmoil as Motorola announced plans to shed up to 200 staff from its silicon wafer plant in East Kilbride.
The US electronics giant aims to cut between 150 and 200 staff from its 1,800-strong workforce at its wafer manufacturing plant near Glasgow, in a bid to cut costs and improve efficiency. The redundancies are part of the company's plans to slash its worldwide workforce by 15,000, in the face of stiff global competition.
Motorola, which will combine two plants into one site, also announced it is pulling out of four inch wafer production next year. A move fuelled by plummeting chip prices and the shrinking Asian market, according to Motorola's UK communications director Tony Joyce.
UK?s hi tech industry has been dealt several blows over the past month. On Friday, Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu announced plans to close a #500 million, show piece semiconductor plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, with the loss of nearly 600 jobs. Just 30 miles away, around 1,000 staff heard that their jobs were under threat following the decision by Siemens to close its Dram plant in North Tyneside.
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