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Ericsson to close down telecom cable manufacturing

Ericsson to close down telecom cable manufacturing. The decision primarily impacts Swedish operations in Hudiksvall and Stockholm.
A notice of reduction of 318 positions in Hudiksvall and union negotiations initiated; expected to be completed during the third quarter 2013.

As the market for copper cable has declined and the market for fiber cable has grown over the last years, the production has shifted towards Asia, where the majority of the business volumes for fiber cable are found. In Europe there is more production than demand for both copper and fiber cables.

Tomas Qvist, head of Special Products in business unit Networks, and head of Human Resources for Ericsson in Sweden, says: "It is a tough message to bring to our colleagues in the telecom cable operations in Hudiksvall and Stockholm today. The decision is based on the fact that Ericsson's production of telecom cables is small from a global perspective, and that we also have a small market share. There is overproduction on the cable market in Europe. Unfortunately, our production has not been operating at full capacity for a long time and has struggled with profitability."

The announcement primarily impacts the operations in Hudiksvall and Stockholm. A notice of reduction of 318 positions in Hudiksvall is given, and a dialog with the unions in Stockholm for how to close down 36 positions in Stockholm is initiated.

Net sales for telecom cables operations in 2012 amounted to approximately SEK 1 billion.

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