Manufacturer of Philips televisions will lay off 178 of 238 employees in Ghent

Jan

14

2016

TP Vision, the company that TVs with the Philips brand brings to the market, has announced plans to lay off most of its employees in Ghent. The research and development department would then disappear almost entirely.

An employee of TP Vision Tweakers briefed about the upcoming layoffs, his message on Twitter by others confirmed. The source says that the company wants to put the focus on low-end and midrange televisions. There would be fewer high-end Philips TVs come in the future. The sixty employees remaining in Ghent would still only provide support and handle certification and quality control. Advanced development and hardware development would disappear from Ghent.

In an internal e-mail, which has been recognized by Tweakers part, says that the company wants to convert its primary location in Ghent into a European support center, with knowledge of the local market. TP Vision says it remain focused on the European market and to continue to produce televisions in Gorzow, Poland.

The union says to the Belgian website Datanews that staff in the past year and a half ‘know-how and technology transferred minutely “and states that this is” not a normal business. ” TP Vision would have used various forms of support and subsidies.

In early 2012 a joint venture was established between TP Vision and Philips. The former is a Taiwanese manufacturer, which since then has the right to use the Philips brand name on its televisions. Later that year, the research department in Eindhoven was closed and moved to Ghent, which now threatens major layoff. In 2014 sold Philips remaining stake in the joint venture at TP Vision.

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