February 8, 2017
The plant in County Kildare could face hundreds of job losses in the near future.
RTE reported that hundreds of jobs at the company’s plant at Leixlip in County Kildare could be at risk, as the management prepares to “address the 500 staff there tomorrow morning” and discuss the company’s future. The site in Ireland manufactures inkjet printer cartridges, and also has a research and development facility.
HP split into two companies in 2015 as the group split into HP Inc and HP Enterprise, and HP Inc said at the time that the new business employs almost 50,000 people and “aims to create a world where technology works around the needs of society and adapts to every business and person, to their context and environment, helping them move from ideation to creation effortlessly and naturally”.
HP Inc has continued manufacturing printers and PCs as well as cartridges, the site adds, but the print market has declined, and in October 2016 the OEM announced that it would be cutting 3,000 to 4,000 jobs worldwide over the next three years.
HP Inc contacted The Recycler with a comment, stating: “HP’s global print business is working to drive continuous efficiencies that enable investment in growth initiatives, such as 3D printing. In line with that strategy, we have made the decision to close our global print business at the Leixlip site in Ireland. As a result it is likely that close to 500 HP employees will be impacted and leave the business over the next 12 months.”
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