JVC to relocate Scottish jobs to Eastern Europe

Three hundred jobs are to be lost with the closure of a television factory in Scotland that is to switch production to Eastern Europe.

Electronics group JVC is to close the plant at East Kilbride, in South Lanarkshire.

Workers were said to be "devastated" at the move. Unions said they were told production would shift to Poland.

Japan-based JVC confirmed it plans to end its UK manufacturing as part of a restructuring.

The plant was set up in 1987 to make TVs for the UK and European markets.

JVC said a rapid shift from traditional cathode ray tubeTVs to flat-panel display TVs over the past few years had led to a "drastic" fall in prices.

The company said: "JVC was forced to conclude that it would be difficult to continue production within the UK due to the resulting impact on profits."

Other reasons for the decision were a fall in the proportion of the factory's output sold in the UK.

Switching production to an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe would reduce costs and increase profitability, JVC said.

Image: JVC says competition in the TV market is forcing it to cut costs

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