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30 Oct 03. Barco NV submitted a plan to the Works Council on Tuesday for consolidating its electronic module surface mounting activities into a single organization in the course of the next three years. At the current time these activities are still being carried on within each of the three core Barco divisions. The consolidation into a single location in Poperinge, Belgium and a single location in the town of Kladno in the Czech Republic should lead to greater efficiency, thus resulting in significant cost savings. This consolidation would mean the transfer of 107 full-time jobs out of the three plants in Kortrijk and Kuurne to the plant in Poperinge. Additionally, in the course of the coming three years 113 full-time jobs would disappear from Belgium as a result, on the one hand, of the greater automation of the surface mounting activities and, on the other, of the relocation of these activities to Kladno.

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