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Sony set to axe 300 jobs.

Three hundred jobs are to go at Sony's factory at Pencoed near Bridgend, it was announced today.

Company bosses said the plant, which assembles traditional style televisions using cathode ray tube technology, had been hit by the growth in demand for hi-tech flat screen TVs.

Spokesman Gerald Kelly said jobs will be lost at all levels of the organisation, from production operatives upwards, but said every effort would be made to reduce the workforce by voluntary means.

Sony has two plants employing 2,000 people in South Wales - one in Bridgend and one in Pencoed - collectively known as UK Tec .

The Bridgend plant makes the cathode ray tubes, which are used in the colour televisions assembled at Pencoed.

Mr Kelly said Pencoed will absorb most of the job losses: 'The sales of larger screen CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions actually fell last year and is predicted to continue to fall year on year.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 20, 2005
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