Jobs for the Scots as Packard moves in

Top five PC maker, Packard Bell NEC, is to construct a build-to-order manufacturing and distribution plant in Livingston, Scotland, creating 800 new jobs in the area.

The £26 million investment will be phased in over the next four years and will supply the 'NEC Direct' sales and marketing operation that began in France in September 1997 and in the UK in January 1998. Packard Bell NEC hopes to double its European presence with this plant.

Set in Scotland's ‘Silicon Glen' it will tap a local skilled labour pool and access to key European markets. Workers will build computers according to orders both online, and through traditional marketing avenues.