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Lanarkshire plant likely to shut

Jobs to go as music stops at Tannoy

Joey Belladonna of heavy metal band Anthrax with Tannoy speakers
Joey Belladonna of heavy metal band Anthrax with Tannoy speakers

A famous name in music systems is likely to be lost from Scotland with the loss of 70 jobs.

The Tannoy factory in North Lanarkshire is expected to close with production switched to China.

US company the Music Group said a 30-day consultation on redundancies at the Coatbridge plant began on Tuesday.

Tannoy was founded as the Tulsemere Manufacturing Company in 1926, making it one of the oldest audio brands in the world. It has had a facility in Coatbridge since the 1970s.

Peter Sommer, senior vice president of lifestyle at The Music Group, said: “I can confirm that Music does propose to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge.

“However, I would emphasize that no final decision has been taken in relation to these proposals, which are the subject of a detailed collective consultation process which began on Tuesday 3 May 2016 and which will last for at least 30 days and possibly more.

“In the event that the proposed dismissals are ultimately confirmed following the conclusion of the consultation process, the Coatbridge facility would cease operations and the plant would close.

“Given that the proposals are at a formative stage, there is of course no definitive time scale in place, but it is envisaged that any closure would likely be towards the end of the year.”

He added: “Music is of course mindful of its obligation to seek out any suitable alternative employment for any employees whom it is confirmed are to be made redundant, and to that end the company will be doing all that it can to try to identify any suitable alternative roles which may exist in any of its operations in Europe and beyond.”

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