JOBS are being cut at one of the biggest employers in Stonehouse.
ABB, on the Oldends Lane industrial estate, has confirmed it needs to shed around 30 employees. Voluntary redundancies were being sought, in consultation with staff and union representatives.
But the factory's general manager Brian Hull said compulsory redundancies couldn't be ruled out.
ABB, which supplies flow and analytical equipment globally, would still have a 220-strong workforce left, said Mr Hull.
"ABB will be offering assistance in the form of outplacement support for those facing redundancy," he said.
The grim news is a second blow to Stonehouse, where modular accommodation manufacturers Lightspeed, also of Oldends Lane, went into administration only just over a month ago.
Mr Hull said ABB had been operating at Stonehouse for more than 30 years. But to address the need for reduced lead times and cost effectiveness, ABB had decided to support its Asian customers from Shanghai instead of Stonehouse.
The majority of ABB's analytical systems build was also being transferred to Poland, Mr Hull said.
"Some work will be transferred to Stonehouse from another ABB site at Workington, but there will be a net reduction at Stonehouse of circa 30," he said.
ABB had enjoyed good growth levels over the last two years and the Stonehouse site had seen investment with the creation of a new service centre.
"The opportunities for ABB's measurement products business in the UK remain strong and we will continue to invest in the next generation of products, along with automation and new manufacturing methods to meet customers' needs," Mr Hull said.