Mixed news for Kildare high-tech plants

Hewlett Packard, which employes around 1,500 people at Leixlip, said Thursday morning it expects planned jobs cuts to impact on every region in which it operates.

Hewlett Packard, which employes around 1,500 people at Leixlip, said Thursday morning it expects planned jobs cuts to impact on every region in which it operates.

The multinational has announced that around 27,000 employees are expected to leave the company by the end of its 2014 financial year.

Spokesperson, Anna Doody said the changes will vary by country, based on local legal requirements and consultations with employee works councils and other employee representatives, as appropriate. “The restructuring is a multi-year plan.  HP have not yet announced specific plans with regards to specific locations. We do expect the workforce reduction to impact just about every business and region. Beyond this, we unfortunately don’t have anything additional to share at the moment.”

Meanwhile, there are media reports that Intel’s Leixlip plant is set to get a new generation of microchip technology, which would be good news for its North Kildare plant.

- Henry Bauress