United Kingdom
North East; Northumberland and Tyne and Wear; Tyneside
Location of affected unit(s)
South Shields
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 January 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The South Shields-based Circatex that makes printed circuit boards has called in administrators placing the future of 200 jobs in doubt. At one point the plant employed more than 1,400 people when it was established by then American owners Viasystems in 1999. Pressure from far East competitors and increasing energy costs have plunged the company into crisis. Joint administrators Hunter Kelly and Charles King of Ernst & Young were appointed at the request of the directors and as a result of cash pressure from trading losses in 2005. The company has evolved from a series of predecessor businesses including Plessey, Interconnection Systems, Viasystems and, more recently, Circatex Limited.


  • 17 January 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Circatex, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62799, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62799.