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Second computer factory to close
The firm has been based in Hillington since 2000
A second computer company is closing down in the west of Scotland with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Inventec Scotland Servers, based in Hillington, announced that it will shed about 370 full and part-time posts when the plant shuts later in the year.

The company is transferring production to the Czech Republic. A spokesman said the closure was due to economic and market reasons.

On Friday, Sanmina-SCI announced it was closing its Greenock plant.

Inventec, which makes computer servers, has been based in Hillington since 2000.

This is due to economic and market considerations rather than any difficulty with staff
Inventec spokesman

A total of 190 full-time jobs will be lost along with a similar number of part-time and temporary posts.

A spokesman for the company said it was a cost-based decision and that the plant would be run down over the next nine months.

"Inventec Scotland Servers regrets the decision to end operations and would wish to record at this difficult time for staff, their families and the community that this is due to economic and market considerations rather than any difficulty with staff, who have always been diligent in their work," he said.

"It has been decided that the best course for the company in a highly competitive global marketplace is to transfer all manufacturing and service operations for server products currently manufactured at Hillington to Inventec's plant at Brno in the Czech Republic."

'Dismal reflection'

The spokesman said compensation arrangements for staff would be worked out following consultation with conciliation service ACAS.

Conservative enterprise spokesman Murdo Fraser said: "We are only 10 days into 2006 and yet we have already seen two plant closures, which reflects dismally on the state of manufacturing in Scotland.

"Scottish manufacturing needs a shot in the arm and the best thing that the Scottish Executive can do is to reduce its cost-base.

"That is why we need the promised cut in business rates now, not in the future.

"However, if any action is eventually taken, it will be small comfort to those at Inventec and Sanmina-SCI."

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