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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 October, 2003, 18:36 GMT 19:36 UK
Jobs to go with factory closure
The Glen Dimplex plant in Bangor
The Bangor factory makes Morphy Richards appliances
More than 80 jobs are to go at a County Down electrics company, it has been confirmed.

The union said it had been told by Glen Dimplex that 84 jobs will be lost at its factory in Bangor.

The company has told unions that the plant will close in January next year.

The factory makes the Morphy Richards brand of domestic appliances.

The company has blamed competition from cheaper overseas countries, as well as a trend away from plastic jug kettles towards stainless steel models.

Terry Collins of Amicus described the news as catastrophic.

"The impact of the loss of these jobs in north Down is catastrophic not only for our members trying to find employment in the area but also to the local economy, which is fast becoming a manufacturing wasteland," he said.

North Down DUP representative Peter Weir also condemned the company's decision.

"It is yet another disastrous blow to the north Down economy, coming hot on the heels of the job losses at the Carpet Mills in Donaghadee and Killinchy," he said.

"It further underlines the need for the government to direct industrial investment to the north Down area."

BBC NI business editor James Kerr
"The company blames cheaper overseas countries and a trend away from plastic jug kettles"

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