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160 to be made redundant at sensor manufacturer in Antrim

Sensata Technologies blamed the decision on a “profound” drop in market demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tyre pressure sensor manufacturer Sensata Techologies is to make 160 workers in Northern Ireland redundant (Ben Birchall/PA)

Tyre pressure sensor manufacturer Sensata Techologies is to make 160 workers in Northern Ireland redundant (Ben Birchall/PA)

Tyre pressure sensor manufacturer Sensata Techologies is to make 160 workers in Northern Ireland redundant (Ben Birchall/PA)

Sensor manufacturer Sensata Techologies is to make 160 workers in Northern Ireland redundant.

It blamed the decision on a “profound” drop in market demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

Proposed changes will reduce the workforce by approximately 160 employees across production, engineering and support roles at its Antrim site, the firm said.

Eric Sorret, vice president at Sensata Technologies, said: “As part of our long term planning it has become clear that the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic will have a profound and lasting impact on the demand for direct tyre pressure monitoring systems.

“Vehicle manufacturers around the world are significantly cutting their forecasts for the coming years, with global passenger vehicle demand set to be reduced by between 20-30%.

“This long-term reduction in market demand has already directly affected our Northern Ireland manufactured product lines and we regret to announce that we will be making a series of reductions to the workforce at our Antrim site during 2020 and early 2021.”

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George Brash Unite Regional Officer for Unite members in Sensata expressed his dismay (Brian Lawless/PA)

George Brash Unite Regional Officer for Unite members in Sensata expressed his dismay (Brian Lawless/PA)

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George Brash Unite Regional Officer for Unite members in Sensata expressed his dismay (Brian Lawless/PA)

George Brash, regional officer for Unite members in Sensata, expressed his dismay.

He said: “Northern Ireland manufacturing is facing a tidal wave of job-losses and threats of job-losses as the Covid pandemic is being used by employers as the excuse to slash their employment footprints and reduce capacity.

“The cumulative impact of job-losses on such a scale will be potentially devastating for the working-class but all we have seen from Stormont is continued inaction.

“We now need to see real ambition and determined intervention to safeguard the skills base so vital to future growth when markets restabilise.”

“Unite is calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to establish a Manufacturing Taskforce to roll-out a proactive Industrial programme to secure jobs, skills and a future for industry.

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