Sun Microsystems has announced the closure of its manufacturing plant in Scotland, its only manufacturing site outside the US, as part of its strategy to consolidate its manufacturing operations. Between 120 and 136 jobs will be lost.
The Linlithgow site in West Lothian employs about 800 people. Other centers at the site including a Remote Monitoring Center, Sun Solution Center, IT Networks Operations Center, and Executive Briefing Center, will continue to operate.
The company said: Sun will close its manufacturing function of its Linlithgow site by the end of June 2009. The manufacturing arm of Linlithgow accounts for approximately 15%-17% of Sun’s Scottish workforce. The company continues to make choices to align strategically, geographically, and operationally for long-term growth.
Earlier this year the company announced plans to move all its manufacturing operations to a single site in Hillsboro, Oregon, and announced slashing of 6,000 jobs to reduce its annual costs by $700m to $800m to tackle the slump in high-end server sales and the global economic meltdown.