Advanced Television

French unions strike over Technicolor closure

March 14, 2012

By Chris Forrester

Technicolor’s French set-top box plant in Angers is the subject of industrial action. Some 350 people work at the facility, which is Technicolor’s last remaining factory in France. Technicolor management had been seeking a separate sale of the factory in order to preserve local jobs.

The local union is additionally lobbying for France Telecom to use the Angers facility to make its Livebox receiver, and drop plans to have it manufactured in the Far East. Factory workers were due to strike March 14th

Technicolor management has confirmed that the action is not related to the sale of its broadcast services unit to Ericsson and that it is currently searching a partner to increase the activity and make the site profitable.

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