Tuesday 25 October 2016

PCH to cut up to 250 roles in China

Published 29/02/2016 | 11:01

Liam Casey, Chief Executive of PCH International
Liam Casey, Chief Executive of PCH International

PCH, the Irish product design firm that manufactures products for clients including Apple, will cut up to 250 roles at its China manufacturing operations.

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The company informed employees this morning of a voluntary redundancy programme that could affect up to 250 workers.

PCH is headed up by Ireland's 'Mr China', Liam Casey, who says that the reduction in roles at the company has been caused by an increase in sophistication at its Chinese operations.

"Chinese factory partners are increasingly sophisticated, and quality-driven which has reduced the need for localised PCH factory-based engineering and supply chain management services. 15 years ago the factories in China were very different. Today they have strong engineering teams, improved communications, and project management," Mr Casey said.

PCH currently employs around 100 people in Ireland at its headquarters in Cork.

Mr Casey continued: "We can now leverage the enhanced expertise of these factories, and in support of our growth strategy, focus on product engineering resources that are closer to where demand exists. Regrettably, these changes will impact a number of our China based colleagues with whom we are consulting at this time, and who will be offered generous redundancy packages on a volunteer basis.”

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