London, UK Orion Electric, which manufactures colour TVs, DVD players and VCRs in Margam, near Port Talbot is creating 200 permanent jobs with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government. The workforce will increase from 330 to 530.
The company usually takes on up to 200 part time workers in the build up to the Christmas period but increased demand for its products now means Orion is looking for permanent staff.
Andrew Davies, Economic Development Minister, said, “Orion's decision is particularly good news for Wales at a time when the electronics sector is seeing increasingly tough competition from overseas markets.”
Orion, which set up in Wales nearly twenty years ago, supplies the UK and European markets with products that are branded for high street retailers. An increase in sales and demand for its own branded products particularly for flat screen televisions has resulted in the opening of a new production line.
Masaharu Nakatani, Orion Electric UK's managing director, said, “We will be offering these positions from January 2004 so we need candidates to apply now so that the selection process can start this month and continue during 2004.”
Of the 200 new jobs, 27 are being created as a result of a Regional Selective Assistance grant from the Welsh Assembly Government. Another 86 jobs at Orion are being safeguarded thanks to this financial support.
Mike King, WDA Executive Director, said, “Orion's decision to expand its Welsh plant is also a vote of confidence in Wales. It is the result of the company moving up the value added ladder and progressing to more modern technology.”
Established in Osaka, Japan in 1958, the Orion group employs in excess of 7,000 people at factories and offices in Osaka & Fukui, Japan, Thailand, Wales and London, Frankfurt, Germany, and New Jersey, Princeton, Indiana and Kansas City, Missouri.