Jobs lost as computer plant closes

More than 300 jobs are to be lost with the closure of a computer manufacturing plant in Glasgow.

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.

A spokesman for the firm said: “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.

“It has been decided that the best course for the company in a highly competitive global marketplace is to transfer all manufacturing for Server products to Inventec’s plant at Brno in the Czech Republic,” he added.

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

The jobs blow comes just days after American-owned Sanmina-SCI announced it was to close its computer manufacturing plant in Greenock with the loss of almost 300 positions.

Conservative enterprise spokesman Murdo Fraser commented: “We are only ten 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 Executive can do is to reduce its cost-base.

He added, “That is why we need the promised cut in business rates now, not in the future.”