25 jobs under threat at Great Yarmouth technology firm

Hi-tech work at C-Mac during a ministerial visit Hi-tech work at C-Mac during a ministerial visit

Friday, March 7, 2014
3:41 PM

A world-leading technology company in Great Yarmouth has announced up to 25 jobs are to go in a restructure of the business.

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The announcement by RF2M Microelectronics (RF2M UK), which currently employs 184 people at its factory on South Denes, was described as “very disappointing news” by borough council leader Trevor Wainwright.

The firm, formerly known as C-Mac, was bought out two years ago in a £21m takeover by US giant API Technology which said at the time that it hoped to reverse plans already in train for up to 60 job losses through increased business activity.

RFTM UK was established in Yarmouth more than 60 years ago and has earned a worldwide reputation for supplying electronic systems, modules and components to the defence, aerospace, space and energy industries.

Matthew Richards, RF2M UK’s managing director, said: “This restructuring proposal is designed to ensure that the company is positioned to invest in future growth opportunities, building on our outstanding heritage and reputation in high reliability microelectronic design and manufacturing.”

He said their immediate focus was the employees affected and they would be working with the union Unite, staff representatives and employment organisations to minimise the impact on staff.

Mr Wainwright said: “This is very disappointing news as C-Mac has been one of the town’s leading firms for many years. However, the defence cuts in this country and worldwide must inevitably cause difficulties for companies with contracts in that sector.

“Generally, there has been encouraging business activity across the borough and we have had tremendous interest from firms looking to move on to Beacon Park in Gorleston.”

The last time jobs at the Fenner Road site came under threat, Unite said it would fight to save the highly-skilled positions and described the situation as a “hammer blow” to the town.

5 comments

  • Are we sure that this is not the thin edge of the wedge, seeing as the company is in the area that Eastport wants to compulsorily purchase (sorry, steal) and throw out companies for their own fantasy world ?. I don't believe that C-Mac have anything to do with wind farms (I could be wrong) and it is these companies they want to forcibly remove.

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    "V"

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Are we sure that this is not the thin edge of the wedge, seeing as the company is in the area that Eastport wants to compulsorily purchase (sorry, steal) and throw out companies for their own fantasy world ?. I don't believe that C-Mac have anything to do with wind farms (I could be wrong) and it is these companies they want to forcibly remove.

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    "V"

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Shame, yet another manufacturer in trouble. Perhaps Brandon Lewis can arrange for these highly skilled people to be hired by the new Costa store in Gorleston. They can then join an elite of skilled people forced to work for min wage

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    Thirdmate

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • T&B. They are all in it together, the Council, Eastport, and anyone else associated with the outer disaster.

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    "V"

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Not sure where you get you misinformation from "V", but private companies cannot compulsory purchase. So please state where your "fact" comes from that Eastport wants to compulsory purchase land. I think you'd be better off looking towards the borough council and their proposed energy park.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

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