Oki To Cut Roughly 175 Staff At Cumbernauld Plant

2013-05-03 09:00:24

Published on 2013-05-03 09:00:24
The printer industry, like many others at the amount, is in a state of evolution, with a range of new technologies and machines emerging in the sector.

Many businesses are relying on their core of products to drive sales in the market, with inkjet and multi-function printers (MFP) still proving popular among many consumers.

The invention of Wi-Fi printing has also made a big impact on the industry, as it enables users to print articles from anywhere, removing the need for awkardly long cables and long installation times.

In general, printing has been simplified greatly in recent years, as it is much easier to transfer files to paper than ever before.

As well as machines improving, there are now many other devices that can print documents, including tablets and smartphones, meaning people can see their files in paper format more quickly.

These systems also make it possible for people to print files while on the move, so they no longer need to be in an office to use ink cartridges.

This flexibility has transformed how businesses operate, while smaller machines mean that less space is now required on desks, creating tidier and more organised workplaces for organisations.

However while technology is changing in the market, the level of competition is constantly on the up, with businesses striving to become the market leader.

Such is the competition that many organisations are suffering a drop in profits and having to evaluate their budgets in order to stay afloat.

Oki is one business that is set to carry out some restructuring, with the Japanese firm cutting 175 jobs from its North Lanarkshire plant. The move makes up part of a restructuring operation throughout its global network and will remove half of the firm’s workforce at the site.

A representative from the company noted that the drop in staff is set to take place next year and may continue into 2014:

“Last month our parent company, OKI Electric Ltd, announced reformation of its printer division globally. These changes are essential to enable the printer business to remain competitive by meeting the growing needs of our customers, whilst delivering profitability to both OKI and our partners.

“This site, which currently supports both products and consumables for the printer division in the EMEA region, is expected to change its focus in the future to specialise in OKI’s printer consumables business as a dedicated consumables manufacturing facility.”

The spokesperson admitted that the move will act as a “significant blow” to the staff and to the local community of Cumbernauld, adding that the priority of the business is to support affected employees.

Due to this, the business confirmed that no further details can be provided at the moment.

Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, commented on the cuts, noting that he was “dismayed” at the news and emphasised that they seemed “out of proportion” with reductions elsewhere in the organisation.

Mr Hepburn explained: “The reported 175 redundancies represents 50 per cent of the workforce at the OKI plant in Cumbernauld. This is a serious blow for employment in the area.

“My thoughts go out to every one of those affected and their families. This is news nobody wants to hear. I have attempted to make contact with the management at OKI Cumbernauld to discuss this matter and also hope to raise this in Parliament next week.”

This news comes after Oki and MagicTouch won two major awards at the Euro Trophex Show in Amsterdam.

Its C711WT machine is the first colour LED printer with white toner that has been added to the existing CMT colour process.

The machine and its applications in the upgraded TheMagicTouch Image Transfer Media won the 'Best in New Technology' category.

Posted by Barry Ashmore.
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