News has come today that the 47 employees at the design and innovation centre at Freescale (formally part of Motorola) are to loose their jobs. Freescale, who designs products for the mobile phone market, have offices located in the Cork Airport Business Park. The employees of Freescale were highly skilled, with over half of them having Master Degrees and 1/10th of them with PhD. So far no reason for the sites closing has been disclosed, but it is expected that the increased cost of operating in Ireland is one of the factors.
Today the 47 staff were informed by the management that they will be looking to close the plant by September this year, after a consulting period. This comes just over 14 months after Motorola decided to pull out of Cork. So after last week’s bad news about Hormann Electronics, electronic jobs in Cork just look like they are harder and harder to find. Freescale opened in Cork in 1998 with just 2 employees, and reached 40 employees in 2001 [source].