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Report: Flextronics bids adieu to France

Posted: 27 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronic manufacturing service? EMS provider? France plant?

Electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider Flextronics International Ltd is reportedly shutting down its plant at Chateaudun, France. The Singapore-based EMS firm will close its mobile telecommunication outsourced manufacturing site before the year ends or, at the latest on Jan. 31, 2008, declared Yves Benoist, secretary of the works council, to AFP.

Its main customer, Alcatel-Lucent, took the decision to manage these activities internally, and its second customer, Nortel Networks, announced it would transfer its production to Poland. With no more customers, Flextronics Chateaudun has no other choice but close its plant.

A total of 360 employees and 150 temporary staff are in danger of losing their jobs. In September of 2006, Flextronics unveiled a restructuring plan with 380 job cuts at its plant in Chateaudun. At that time, Nortel Networks had decided to transfer production of GSM equipment from Flextronics to rival contract manufacturer Sanmina-SCI in Mexico. In parallel, Alcatel intended to move its production of UMTS equipment from the plant.

The Chateaudun factory was taken over by Flextronics in January

- Anne-Francoise Pele
EE Times Europe

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