United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
New offshoring locations

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 December 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Sanmina SCI, a computer firm in Lisburn, County Antrim, announced 92 job losses in December 2006. The firm announced 60 of these at the beginning of the month, but added on 12 December that a further 32 employees would be made redundant. The US-owned company makes computer cabinets and blood analysis machines for a County Cork firm. It also employs 600 people at a factory in Hungary. Trade union officials said they were concerned that the current job losses could be a sign that Sanmina is planning to transfer its manufacturing operation out of Northern Ireland. On 21 February 2007, the company announced that up to 300 jobs are to be lost at the factory. Staff have been told that the factory is closing. The US-owned company is moving to Hungary where wage costs are lower. Union leader Terry Collins from Amicus said the job losses would have a 'devastating impact'. Mr Collins said he was concerned that weak employment laws in the United Kingdom allowed multinational companies to leave because they had to pay little in compensation. Sanmina took over the Ballinderry Road factory about five years ago. Another Sanmina plant in Scotland was closed in the past two years. The company already employs 600 people at a factory in Hungary.


  • 12 December 2006: BBC News
  • 21 February 2007: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Sanmina SCI, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64623, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64623.