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Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 00:10 GMT
Motorola plant escapes closure
Motorola sign
The East Kilbride plant has survived the global cuts
The Motorola semiconductor factory in East Kilbride has escaped the company's latest round of closures.

A spokesman for Motorola said nearly 2,000 jobs in East Kilbride would not be affected by the decision last month to cut another 9,000 jobs from its worldwide semiconductor business.

Instead, the company said it would be closing its Hong Kong factory.

Almost 500 staff at Motorola's South Queensferry plant will be transferred to East Kilbride, following an earlier decision to close its east coast plant by the end of 2001.

Motorola chip
The new cuts affect semiconductor facilities

Motorola had said the latest round of cutbacks would see some of its semiconductor production sites axed as a response to changing market conditions.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive welcomed the news, claiming it was a positive sign for Scotland's wider manufacturing sector.

Announcing the decision, a spokesman for Motorola said: "The original announcement of the 9,400 job reductions was made just before Christmas.

We are taking on more production in East Kilbride and our aim is not to lose any jobs in South Queensferry as a result

Motorola spokesman

"At the time we weren't able to say whether Scotland was going to be impacted by this.

"However, we knew Motorola in East Kilbride was not going to be one of those names on the closure list.

"We are taking on more production in East Kilbride and our aim is not to lose any jobs in South Queensferry as a result."

The decision was "really good news" for East Kilbride, the spokesman added.

A spokesman for the executive said the news was a fillip for Scotland's manufacturing industry.

"Today's announcement that Motorola's East Kilbride plant has been unaffected by the company's plans to cut jobs worldwide is of course welcome and reflects well on the skills and commitment of the workforce here," he said.

See also:

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18 Oct 01 | Scotland
Recovery plan targets 5,000 jobs
31 Jul 01 | Scotland
NEC cuts 600 Scottish jobs
27 Jul 01 | Scotland
NEC confirms job cuts
24 Apr 01 | Scotland
Motorola to close Scottish plant
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