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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Polaroid confirms Scots job cuts
Camera film
Polaroid is cutting manufacturing staff
Polaroid has confirmed that it is to cut more than 230 jobs at its plant in the west of Scotland.

The US camera and film manufacturer said it was making a total of 235 people redundant at its Vale of Leven plant in Dunbartonshire, which employs 850 people.

Polaroid said the job losses would be among manufacturing and administration staff and were part of nearly 1,000 job cuts worldwide announced earlier in the year.

The news is a further blow to Scotland's beleaguered electronics sector which has been hit by a series of job cuts and factory closures.

Girl with camera
The plant makes pocket cameras
Polaroid, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said the worldwide restructuring was aimed at cutting overheads, "realigning" the company's resources, and speeding implementation of its digital strategy.

In its statement on the Vale of Leven operation, it said: "The site will become more focused on new product delivery, capitalising on the unique position of having design, development and manufacturing co-located as part of an integrated operation."

Polaroid began production at a new camera film factory on the Vale of Leven site in 1999, which led to the creation of 250 jobs.

The facility, which forms part of the company's existing manufacturing site, produced miniature film for pocket cameras.

The development was seen as a means of securing the future of the plant by broadening its role from the assembly of products to a fully integrated design, development and manufacturing site.

The company began operations in Scotland in 1965.

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