Jobs go at Wexford spectacle maker
Up to 82 jobs are to be lost at a spectacle manufacturing plant in Wexford after Carl Zeiss Vision announced plans to close its production line.
Another 18 workers are to be kept on at the site to run a sales and technical support team for the company's European operations.
Ian Rawcliffe, senior vice-president at Carl Zeiss Vision International, said the company was left with no choice.
"Given the extremely challenging environment in which we operate today, we have no choice but to adapt our organisation given the cost pressures we face," he said.
"Over recent months our company has reviewed our various businesses and we must consider difficult decisions to manage the challenging economic environment dominated by a need for lower manufacturing costs."
The company said the decision to close was taken after an exhaustive review of global operations in recent months.
Job losses are likely to happen on a phased basis, with the end of 2011 the likely date for the closure.
Mr Rawcliffe and Derek Mernagh, general manager of Carl Zeiss Vision in Ireland, have spoken personally with employees and a 30-day consultation period has been lined up.