South Scotland

Peri-dent floss factory ceases production

Dental floss
Image caption Peri-dent announced its plans to move production to Malaysia in June last year

More than 100 workers have lost their jobs after a dental floss maker moved production to Malaysia.

Per-ident has moved the operation from Tweedbank in the Borders. The majority of the 132-strong staff completed their last shift on Friday.

About 15 to 20 staff will remain as the site is converted into a warehouse with a new product development facility.

Peri-dent announced in June that it planned to switch production to Malaysia due to cheaper labour costs.

Negotiations with unions failed to prevent the move.

Peri-dent, which makes oral care products such as floss, dental sticks and breath freshener sprays, began operations in the Scottish Borders in 1986.

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