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Transitions Optical warns of 60 redundancies as work moves to Asia

It’s expected that redundancies will be completed by the end of the year.

Image: Laura Hutton via Photocall Ireland

TRANSITIONS OPTICAL IN Tuam have confirmed that they could be looking for up to 60 redundancies.

The firm employs 170 people.

Employees were informed this morning that the company needs to “considerably reduce manufacturing volumes in Tuam”.

Plant Director Kevin Minton said, “We have looked at this every way we can and we have little option.”

Manufacturing volume will be moved to Asia to look after our clients there, while the remaining manufacturing done here will be for our European customers.

“The customer support and administration functions will remain here as well”.

Employees in operations and some operations support functions were informed that the company are beginning a formal collective redundancy process.

The company says that those whose positions are ultimately made redundant will receive a generous severance package, which will include outplacement services.

Exact numbers of redundancies cannot be confirmed until a period of consultation has been completed.

It’s expected that redundancies will be completed by the end of the year.

The firm is a subsidiary of US company Transitions Optical.

It mainly manufactures and distributes photochromic plastic lenses and provides sales and other support for fellow companies in Ireland.

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