Tyre pressure maker Sensata-Schrader to lay off 125 staff in Carrickfergus

Sensata-Schrader, which makes tyre pressure systems, is laying off 125 staff in Carrickfergus
Gary McDonald Business Editor

TYRE pressure monitor maker Sensata Technologies, which owns Schrader Electronics in Antrim and Carrickfergus, is laying off 125 of its 1300 local workforce

Sensata Technologies informed employees this morning of its intention to reduce the workforce at the Carrickfergus site.

The business will engage in a collective consultation period with employees, during which proposed alternatives to compulsory redundancy will be considered.

Sensata Technologies is a global organisation which makes sensors, switches and controls for multiple industries.

It has had a significant manufacturing and R&D presence in Northern Ireland since its 2014 acquisition of Schrader Electronics, which was founded in 1988.

Employees in Antrim will not be impacted by this announcement.

Graeme Thompson, UK general manager from Sensata Technologies, said: “Following a review of our operations and in response to a drop in expected demand for some of the products currently manufactured in Northern Ireland, the company regrets to announce that we will potentially be reducing the workforce at our site in Carrickfergus by 125 people.

“This has been a very difficult decision and all possible alternatives were explored before it was taken. Our focus now is on providing support to the affected employees and their families.

"To that end we have engaged globally recognised but locally based outsourcing consultants LHH Penna to provide career transition advice and assistance for all affected employees.”

He reiterated the company’s commitment to maintaining its manufacturing base in Northern Ireland.

He said: “Expected production levels for other lines remain steady at this time and Sensata Technologies remains committed to our Northern Ireland operation.”

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