Northern Ireland

Fears for 19 jobs at Spanboard

Nineteen jobs are under threat at Coleraine chipboard makers Spanboard.

The company is holding talks with staff about the future of the plant.

The 19 staff make and distribute melamine laminate throughout Ireland.

William Laverty, Operations Manager, said: "The decision to enter into consultation has been taken in the face of increasing costs and shrinking margins in an industry that is still very deep in recession."

He added: "We have commenced talks with union representatives, and will be focusing on talking to our employees, customers and suppliers regarding the next steps."

The company shed 90 workers three years ago

The company has operated in Coleraine since 1989. Before that, it was known as the Ulster Chipboard Company, and has operated on the same site for over 50 years.

Spanboard is part of the Sonae Indústria Group, one of the world's largest wood based panel producers.

They make particleboard, MDF, hardboard, and OSB, for the furniture, building, decoration and DIY industries.