Mitsubishi cuts UK jobs

Mitsubishi cuts UK jobs
Alex Mayhew-Smith Restructuring by Mitsubishi is to lead to the loss of 200 jobs, some of which will go at its personal computer manufacturing facility in Glenrothes, Scotland. The company plans to close a surface mount line at the Scottish site of its Apricot arm, which manufactures motherboards for Apricot PCs and for the OEM markets in the US and Europe. Other jobs will go at Mitsubishi’s PC sales office in Germany. The cuts will be made in March. Mitsubishi could not confirm how many jobs will go from the Glenrothes site, which employs 224 people. However, about half of the staff there work on the manufacturing line that is to close, said a spokeswoman. The production will be outsourced to a contract manufacturer, said the company. “The market is growing and this is a strategic decision that allows us to serve the market more efficiently,” said the spokeswoman. Mitsubishi said its OEM motherboard business doubles each year and the need to maintain its level of growth has led to the decision to outsource the production. A sub-contractor, which has locations throughout the world, will provide the motherboard manufacturing capability.


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