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June 29, 1987

FIRE DESTROYS CAPACITOR PRODUCTION LINE AT HUGHES MICROELECTRONICS

By CBR Staff Writer

A fire caused UKP1m damage and completely destroyed a capacitor production line at the Glenrothes, Fife plant of General Motors’ Hughes Microelectronics early on Saturday morning: the cause of the fire is unknown, but Hughes says that capacitor production, the smallest section of the factory, takes place in a separate building which was burned to the ground while nearby units suffered smoke and water damage; it is not known when full production will be resumed and the 20 staff involved, out of a total of 850, are being asked to call in each day for an update on the situation; four other production lines were left intact and the maximum in lost profits is estimated at just UKP25,000; customers will continue to be supplied from stock; the Scottish unit had sales of UKP30m in 1986.

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