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Cable firm Emtelle take on new staff in Hawick

More than 50 workers have been taken on by a Borders cable firm to cope with increased demand.

Emtelle is investing in new equipment at its factories in Hawick and Jedburgh.

The firm manufactures cable duct, the plastic piping which encases underground fibre-optic cables, and exports to more than 60 countries.

It has just completed the fibre optic ducting network for the new Borders Railway Project.

Other customers include Virgin Media, British Telecom and Vodafone.

It has taken on 53 people in Hawick, taking its workforce up to 190.

In 2009, the firm was hit by the financial crisis and 42 employees were made redundant.

Chief executive Mads Hogfeldt said:"We were in dire straits and needed to change everything. We had been at the forefront of the market but I think we had become complacent.

"What we have seen since is that we wanted to go back to developing new products."

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