Closure of the Motorola plant, one of the biggest employers in the region, will be a further devastating blow for Silicon Glen
, the 50-mile corridor between Edinburgh and Glasgow that forms the background of Scotland's high-tech economy.
THE ELECTRONICS firm taking control of IBM's manufacturing arm in Silicon Glen
has a turbulent history of axeing jobs, the Scottish Daily Mirror can reveal.
It is looking to explore the development of high technology clusters in a bid to develop a "Birmingham Bytes Back" complex to rival Scotland's Silicon Glen
, which has been so successful north of the border.
PRESSURE was mounting on beleaguered Enterprise Minister Iain Gray last night to stop Scotland's Silicon Glen
from sliding into a jobs graveyard.
Scotland's leading academic in building science, Strathclyde University lecturer Stirling Howieson, has warned they are in danger of becoming ghost towns if jobs continue to go in Silicon Glen
Far better to foster this end of the market than crawl to the big conglomerates who have already carved out their empires - Silicon Glen
in Scotland, South Wales, the north-east and the Irish Republic.
They also called on the Scottish Executive to act to safeguard jobs in Silicon Glen
- which has recently seen a spate of hi-tech firms close their manufacturing plants.
The plight of the 500 redundant workers at the nearby Fullarton factory at Gourock shows the seriousness of the crisis in Silicon Glen
, with increasingly fierce competition from low-wage plants in the Far East.
That could compound an already dismal year for Silicon Glen
, which has witnessed 3500 job cuts at Motorola in Livingston and East Kilbride, 880 at Compaq in Erskine and 600 at NEC in Livingston.
Up to 700 jobs are to be created in Scotland's Silicon Glen
through an investment by a Taiwainese electronics firm.