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Business reporter David Calder
"Sun Microsystems will be looking for highly skilled workers"
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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Computer firm creates jobs
Linlithgow factory
The Linlithgow plant is to be expanded
US computer giant Sun Microsystems has announced plans to create 200 jobs at its Scottish plant as part of a 25.8m investment.

The money means the manufacturing facility at Linlithgow, near Edinburgh, will almost double in size.

The company said the expansion was a major display of confidence in the workforce and confirmed the importance of the site to the firm.

Scotland already accounts for some 44% of Sun's worldwide output and a large number of the Linlithgow staff provide product support.

Engineer
Job opportunities for engineers
The Scottish production centre currently employs 910 people and has complete control of the supply chain throughout Europe and Asia.

The firm has three computer manufacturing plants. The other two are in America.

The new jobs are for highly-skilled engineers, who will help expand production of the latest generation of the high-end computers which run the internet and manage the networks of the world's leading corporations.

Sun said the expansion would allow for a redesign of the final assembly area so that products could be tailored and delivered "ready to use" to customers.

Network systems

European and Asia Pacific operations vice-president, Hugh Aitken, said: "We've got a world-class team here in Scotland and we want to build on that.

"The Linlithgow plant is one of only three Sun manufacturing bases around the world, and this expansion allows us to develop the technologies and services which will drive Sun forward globally.

"Sun as a company has benefited enormously from the success of the electronics industry in Scotland. I'm looking forward to building on the substantial growth we have achieved here."

The time taken to produce and deliver products - workstations, servers and network systems - will be shortened under the expansion plan.

The additional investment was supported by the Scottish Executive and enterprise agency Locate in Scotland.

Sun has provided systems for companies including Scottish Power, BSkyB and John Menzies and computer support for the hit Hollywood movie Toy Story.

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