United Kingdom
Scotland; South Western Scotland; East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Mainland
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment

217 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Electronics firm Jabil has announced the closure of its plant in Ayr with the loss of 217 jobs. The company, which has more than 60,000 employees worldwide, said the closure was prompted by 'changing workflow demands' of manufacturing services. The production site in Ayr will close in the second half of 2007 and will result in 217 redundancies. Politicians representing Ayrshire reacted to the news by holding a meeting with the local head of Scottish Enterprise, a group that grants regional assistance. Ms Jamieson, Labour MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, said: 'This will clearly be a devastating blow to the workforce and their families.' 'Therefore it is vital that we provide them with all the necessary assistance they'll need to find alternative employment and access training.' 'We will be meeting with Jabil management to discuss their decision and to ask for reassurances that they'll do all they can to assist the workers in this stressful time.' Ms Osborne, Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, described the announcement as 'extremely disappointing'. 'This decision has been taken at an international corporate level and unfortunately we can't retain the facility locally,' she said. 'We have to remember however that there is still a hard working workforce who have skills which can continue to bring benefits to the local economy and new employers.'


  • 23 June 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Jabil Circuit, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63676, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63676.