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 user 2006-01-26 at 10:30:00 am Views: 96
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    Lexmark shuts Rosyth(SCOTLAND) cartridge plant
    700 jobs to go as printer firm quits Silicon Glen
    Lexmark is to close its inkjet cartridge manufacturing facility at Rosyth in Scotland with the loss of 700 jobs.
    The first 500 jobs will go in April and the rest when the factory is
    shut down towards the end of the year. Lexmark cited excess capacity
    and the high cost of manufacture as reasons for closure.
    “We truly regret the loss of jobs in this community,” said the plant’s general manager Alan Speirs.
    “While we do not have the ability to change the impact of technology or
    economics, we nevertheless recognise the challenges facing our
    employees and their families.”
    The Lexmark factory was opened 10 years ago and formed part of Scotland’s ‘Silicon Glen’ IT business area.
    Lexmark’s recent financial results disappointed analysts after it cut
    profit expectations. The company said that a collapse in demand for
    printers and toner had hurt profits and further jobs cuts were expected.

    Stung by sales drop, Lexmark to cut 825 jobs
    2005 profit off 37% because of price war
    International Inc. yesterday blamed lower fourth-quarter profit on a
    sharp decline in sales of printers and ink cartridges, and the company
    announced it will cut about 825 jobs, including about 200
    administrative positions in Lexington, Ky., its headquarters.
    nation’s No. 2 printer maker also said it would freeze its U.S. pension
    plan and compensate by beefing up workers’ 401(k) retirement plans. The
    changes are expected to save $50 million this year and $80 million
    annually thereafter.
    Lexmark has grappled with an industrywide slump
    in inkjet and laser printer sales that has caused rivals
    Hewlett-Packard Co. and Canon Inc. to slash prices.
    The cuts — especially for more profitable supplies like toner cartridges — caused Lexmark’s 2005 profit to plunge 37 percent.
    Paul J. Curlander, chairman and chief executive, said the restructuring will cost $130 million.
    The plan includes closing a plant in Scotland and moving about 525 jobs “primarily to low-cost countries.”
    the three months ended Dec. 31, the company reported that profit fell
    to $82.3 million, or 71 cents per share, from $155 million, or $1.18
    per share, in the year-ago period.
    The drop was pinned on a 12
    percent decline in revenue to $1.4 billion, from $1.5 billion. The
    company said sales from its business and consumer segments fell due to
    price cuts and weak sales of supplies.
    For the year, the company reported profit of $356.3 million, or $2.91 per share, on sales of $5.2 billion.
    Street cheered Lexmark’s restructuring, viewing it as making the
    company more competitive. The stock surged $5.18, or 11 percent, to
    close at $51.08.
    “This plan to consolidate manufacturing, cut
    operating expenditures and freeze pensions seems like a bold step, in
    line with our optimistic views for possible savings,” UBS analyst
    Benjamin Reitzes said.
    Lexmark will stop contributing to its
    defined-benefit pension plan, in which 3,500 employees in Lexington
    participate. The fund will continue to accrue interest, but the company
    will not add more to it.
    Instead, Lexmark will increase its 401(k)
    contributions, matching at 100 percent the first 6 percent each
    employee contributes, up from a 50 percent match.
    The majority of
    the job cuts come from the closure of an inkjet cartridge plant in
    Rosythe, Scotland, where 700 positions will be lost. Lexmark has 13,000
    employees, 1,350 of whom will be affected through job eliminations or

    lexmark :Growth of new plants impressive
    6 million square feet of new plants in Juárez this year is a feat that
    likely won’t be repeated next year, mostly because you don’t get a
    1.5-million-square-foot Electrolux plant every year. But real estate
    types said they are hoping for 3 million to 4 million square feet of
    plants in 2006, still a very good thing. Best/White de Mexico said
    250,000 square feet of construction has started this year and will be
    operational next year.
    The construction includes Building 3 of the Lexmark
    campus, 92,000 square feet, to be completed next year. Buildings 1 and
    2, finished this year, were a combined 362,000 square feet, said Andres
    Sandoval, a Best/White partner in Juárez.