Hundreds of jobs at risk in closure plan

Haemonetics base on Ashley Drive
Haemonetics base on Ashley Drive

Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon has deemed the proposed closure of the Haemonetics base in Bothwell a ‘major blow’ to the local economy.

Around 300 jobs are facing the axe after the blood products company revealed proposals to close the centre on Ashley Drive.

A consultation period is due to get under way with staff following Monday’s announcement.

A statement on the company’s website read: “The company announced plans to begin consultation with employee representatives regarding ceasing operations and closure of its manufacturing facility in Bothwell during the current fiscal year 2015.

“Disposables currently produced in Bothwell would be transferred to other Haemonetics’ manufacturing facilities.”

Reports suggest production could be moved to Malaysia to keep up with an emerging customer base in the Far East.

Following the announcement, Gerry Gould, vice president of investor relations at Haemonetics, said there was no time scale for the proposed closure and further decisions would be made following the consultation period.

He said: “We announced an intention to begin consultation with the employees and until we complete that we don’t have any plans.

“We’ve not made any decisions until we go through that process.”

Mr McMahon called for support for employees at the centre, which was established in 1994.

He said: “This is a major blow to both the local Lanarkshire economy and to Scottish business.

“It shows yet again how harsh the global market place is and how difficult it is to retain highly skilled jobs in such competitive markets.

“I hope that the Scottish Government will provide as much assistance as it can to support those affected.”