Flextronics International Ltd., the Singapore-based global electronics contract manufacturer, is set to lay off about one-third of its workforce at the Nyíregyhaza plant in Hungary after losing an important customer.
The firm expects by early February to cut nearly 600 from its labor force of about 2,000 at the 125,000-square-foot facility, said Peter Papp, Flextronics' Eastern Europe human resources director. He did not name the customer.
Papp, quoted by the Scandinavian Evertiq electronics online news service, said the company was adding workers at the plant until recently.
``We have hired more than 1,000 workers in the past six months at the plant, and with this major client taking away production we need to cut jobs,'' he said.
Flextronics, which has three other plants in eastern and western Hungary, will try to transfer those employees.
Flextronics indicated that the lost work involved products that are required in larger volumes around the Christmas season.
The plant does injection molding, prototyping and mold making.