Hoya Lens in Wrexham cutting 160 jobs

A company making lenses for glasses at a factory in Wrexham has confirmed 160 staff will lose their jobs.

The first jobs at Hoya Lens will go this month with a phased period of redundancies until November.

A company spokesman said it was "very disappointing" and blamed the job cuts on the loss of a contract with high street chain Boots.

The works committee at the plant said it would fight to get the best deal for staff who were losing their jobs.

"At the moment everybody is trying to get their heads down and get on with their job but morale is not very high," said the spokesperson.

"We will still have a Wrexham base but it will be a smaller company moving forward. There's definitely a future for the company."

Hoya, which employs 320 people at the Wrexham plant, makes and supplies ophthalmic lenses for opticians.

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