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Co Down masking tape company to axe 30 jobs as manufacturing relocates to Italy

By Margaret Canning

Around 30 jobs are going at a masking tape company in Co Down, it has been confirmed. 3M, which employs over 100 people in Bangor, said it would maintain some production in Bangor after exploring the option of shifting all manufacturing to Italy.

It said that its "economy" masking tape made at 3M in the town had been failing to reach financial targets and will now be moved to another 3M facility in Grassobbio, Italy.

Its premium masking tape products will continue to be manufactured at the Bangor site, where the company spent $1m on equipment earlier this year.

The firm, which has carried out a consultation with employees, said that out of 104 jobs in Bangor, 30 will be made redundant, with seven people being made redundant on a compulsory basis.

One person is being moved to another role within the company, the firm added.

Paul Williams, director of supply chain operations for 3M, said: "I would like to express my sincere thanks for the commitment and professionalism everyone has demonstrated throughout the consultation period.

"The company regrets the loss of any jobs.

"However, we do believe that this move is the only way forward for the future of the business."

Last month, Sean Smyth of trade union Unite said the proposed losses were "a cruel threat to the workforce."

He added: "A third of the workforce are now facing the threat of redundancy in the month of Christmas".

Other products made by 3M in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings and imaging systems.

The brands of 3M include the likes of Scotch-Gard, Scotch and Post-it.

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