350 jobs lost as Ericsson shuts Swedish factory

350 jobs lost as Ericsson shuts Swedish factory
Ericsson Swedish plant closure leaves hundreds jobless
Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has buckled under the pressure of European competition and will turn off the switch on a cable production plant in Sweden, leaving 350 employees without jobs.

The company’s management said on Tuesday that there was a surplus of cables being produced on the European market.

“From a global perspective, Ericsson is a small-scale producer in this field. We’ve struggled with profitability for a long time,” human resources head Tomas Qvist told the TT news agency.

The closure affects all 318 employees in Hudiksvall in eastern Sweden, with another 36 people at Ericsson offices in Stockholm also being laid off.

Ericsson has tried in recent years to sell off its cable production. A plant in Falun in central Sweden was handed over to the Danish cable makers NKT Cables a few weeks ago, saving about 300 jobs. The employees in Hudiksvall, on the northern east coast, fared less well. The town has had cable production since 1965.

The closure is the latest of large-scale closures to hit Hudiksvall municipality in the past year.

“The structural changes in the production industry which has affected Hudiksvall is tough,” said municipal head Caroline Schmidh.

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