North East Wales

Hoya Lens confirms 46 job losses at Wrexham plant

Hoya Lens UK has confirmed that there will be 46 job losses at its Wrexham factory, which makes plastic and glass lenses for opticians.

Last year the Japanese-owned company made 160 people redundant from its Wrexham plant, or half the workforce.

The company says discussions have been taking place about staffing levels in Wales due to floods in Thailand and the expansion of a Hoya lab in Hungary.

Hoya said it hoped a proportion of the jobs will go by voluntary redundancy.

Hoya has been in Wrexham for more than 30 years, and the latest announcement will reduce the workforce to around 110.

A 30-day consultation period began with workers on Monday.

In a statement the company said changes in the global supply chain after events in Thailand and Hungary had resulted in a restructuring of the team based in Wrexham.

"[This is] with the aim of creating a smaller, more multi-skilled and flexible workforce, able to deliver our vision of world-class local ophthalmic lens production supported by a European and international supply chain," it said.

Martin Bathos, the company's UK managing director, said the company had conducted a "structured and detailed review of the floods in Thailand and used our findings to design a streamlined business for the future".

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