Motorola UK is creating 400 permanent jobs at its Easter Inch mobile phone factory in Scotland. The company, which is boosting production at the site by around 40 50%, aims to take on more of its workers on a permanent basis.
Motorola UK, which employs 3,000 people at the site, is Scotland’s largest manufacturing employer. Easter Inch has 2,500 permanent employees. The rest are temporary, employed to match the cycles in demand for mobile phones.
Analysts predict that the world mobile phone market is grow between 30-35% per year. Motorola’s decision to expand by up to 50% means that it intends to capture market share.
‘The latest expansion at Easter Inch signals Motorola’s continuing confidence in its UK team as a whole and in the UK as a focus for inward investment,’ said company chairman David Brown.
In 1999 Motorola UK had overseas sales of £2.8bn. Easter Inch accounts for 5% of Scotland’s total exports.