Byline: STUART NICOLSON
SCOTLAND'S troubled electronics industry suffered a fresh blow yesterday with the loss of 420 jobs.
Manufacturing company Simclar is closing two plants, at Irvine and Kilwinning in Ayrshire, blaming market conditions.
The closure comes after cash machine makers NCR pulled out of Dundee earlier this month with the loss of 650 jobs.
There were warnings that the Simclar redundancies were likely to be the first in a wave of losses sparked by NCR, which provided work for many electronics firms.
The slump has been blamed on business being lost to the Third World and nations where labour costs are cheaper. Simclar said pressure from low-cost economies was one of the main reasons for the Ayrshire closures.
A spokesman said: 'Simclar has made every attempt to restructure and save the business, but it would not be in the best interests of the group as a whole to continue to do so in the long term.' Union bosses are furious over the company's handling of the redundancies.
A spokesman for the Community union accused management of acting like 'Victorian mill owners'.
Scottish regional secretary Willie Paterson said workers in Kilwinning had turned up to find the factory gates padlocked. …