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Thursday, 20 April, 2000, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Reaction to Motorola deal
Motorola semiconductor
The factory will make semiconductors
Motorola's purchase of the idle Hyundai plant near Dunfermline, in a 1.3bn investment, has been welcomed by politicians and industry.

The factory, which was mothballed four years ago because of the downturn in the Asian economy, will employ 1,350 people over the next five years.

Scotland's First Minister, Donald Dewar, said:

"This is a very significant investment by a leading global semiconductor company which not only brings high quality manufacturing jobs to Scotland, but also cements Motorola's commitment to Scotland - a commitment which began over 30 years ago.

"We have been determined to find a large, successful employer to use the Hyundai site which was affected so badly by the setback in the Korean economy.

"The Scottish Executive have been closely involved in making this deal happen and in bringing such an important investment to Scotland.

Donald Dewar
Donald Dewar: "Confidence boost for Scotland"
"Motorola's investment also represents a huge vote of confidence in Scotland and its future.

"This is the company's biggest ever investment in Europe.

"This gives a clear message to the United States and to the whole of Europe that Scotland remains a extremely attractive location for high-tech investment of this kind.

"Our universities and further education institutions provide outstanding skills and Motorola's existing Scottish workforce must take huge credit for the skills and performance they have clearly demonstrated.

"This announcement will create 700 new jobs and safeguard a further 650 jobs - currently at South Queensferry - over the next five years and make Motorola's new site at Dunfermline their largest semiconductor facility in Europe.

"It also provides them with a huge new site capable of further expansion and development in the future.

"I hope the company will seize that opportunity fully.

"I congratulate all of those involved in winning this project for Scotland and wish everyone at Motorola every success for the future."

Robert Crawford, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: "Motorola has already made an enormous contribution to the Scottish economy and I am delighted that this project will create more high quality employment opportunities. It is an enormous testament to the skills and quality of our workforce.

"Scotland needs to ensure that it has a strong foothold in this dynamic industry and we are especially pleased that Motorola has decided to invest further in this country re-enforcing its already strong foothold.

"This country has a long and fruitful relationship with the company and today's announcement is all the more welcome for that.

"The original investment SE made in the Dunfermline site and surrounding infrastructure has also paid off.

Robert Crawford
Robert Crawford: "Delighted"
"One of Motorola's key requirements is all the more welcome for that.

"But it is also a credit to the visionary management team who worked on this project. This is an excellent example of joined up economic development.

"When SE first became aware of Motorola's interest in Scotland we pulled together the best of SE's financial property, venture capital, legal, inward investment and training minds, who have worked tirelessly with the Scottish Executive to make this project a success.

"I am extremely grateful to both Motorola and Hyundai for the pace at which these discussions have taken place, which has ultimately led to us making this announcement today."

Allan Smith, chairman of Scottish Enterprise, Fife, said: "Motorola's decision to invest in Dunfermline is tremendous news for Fife.

"The availability of one of the most modern fabrication facilitates in the world was the key factor in attracting these very high quality jobs and priority will be helping ensure local people have the opportunities to develop the skills to secure employment at the plant.

"In addition to these new jobs, it should be remembered that the facility has been the catalyst for public and private sector investment in the Dunfermline Eastern Expansion project which has the potential to create a further 7,500 jobs."

Fife Council leader, Christine May, said: "This is very positive news which will make a major contribution to the strategy for the continued regeneration of west Fife.

The jobs promise to be high-tech
"The jobs that will follow today's announcement will have a strong effect on the local economy that has, in past years, suffered significant job losses in defence related wok.

"The Dunfermline Eastern Expansion area offers excellent sites.

"It is a strong location that I'm confident will serve Motorola and Dunfermline well for the future."

Chancellor and Dunfermline East MP, Gordon Brown, said: "Following job losses in defence and mining, it has taken a long-term strategy to put in place the elements needed to encourage the investment of leading companies such as Motorola.

"We must build on this and will continue to do more to create investment and job opportunities."

Chairman of Motorola, David Brown, said: "Motorola has a history of investing in Scotland for the past 31 years. When we were looking at our next major investment, Scotland was a natural choice.

"The fact that the site was already there certainly helped in our decision, but that is not to say we would not have gone ahead anyway without it.

"We expect to have 1,350 jobs when the site is in full production.

Some of those people will be from other factories in Scotland to bring their knowledge to the new operation, but a large majority will be new jobs for local people from the surrounding area.

"The long-term production at the South Queensferry site will probably be wound down in the next few years, but it is only sensible to offer these people jobs at Dunfermline which will secure their future."

Scottish Conservatives' industry spokesman, David Davidson, said: "I am delighted that foreign companies like Motorola recognise the strengths in their Scottish workforce and the merits of investing here in the wider Scottish workforce.

"This is an important boost to the local Fife economy and I hope that it will encourage further companies to invest in the region.

"I am slightly disappointed that only 700 of the jobs are new given the rumours that were circulating earlier this week of a much higher number.

"I trust that Motorola will look to expand on this site in future. The size of the site and the high quality facilities will hopefully bring opportunities for this plant to participate in the WAP technology revolution in mobile communications.

"It is important that the benefits this investment brings to Fife does not disadvantage South Queensferry, from where 650 jobs are to be relocated.

"It is incumbent on the Scottish Executive to ensure that no further damage is done to the area on the boundary of west Edinburgh, where recent job losses have occurred at nearby Newbridge both at Grampian foods and with the closure of the Continental tyre plant."

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