South East Wales

AB Connectors: 45 electronics jobs under threat

Forty-five jobs are under threat at an electronics company in the south Wales valleys.

AB Connectors, which employs 193 people at its Abercynon factory, blamed a decline in orders for the redundancies.

Michelle Coleman, vice-president of human resources, said: "We do a lot of business with the defence industry and there has been a decline in orders."

The workforce was told last Thursday and the company said it was now in the statutory consultation period.

Graham Smith, regional officer with the union Unite, said: "Any job losses are bad news, not just for the workers but for the community and economy as a whole.

"Our priority now is to continue to work hard for our members at AB Connectors to ensure the best future for them."

In 2010 the company won a £2m defence contract which it said would create 40 jobs in a move which was "great news for the valley".

The contract was to supply equipment for all-terrain Warthog vehicles being used by soldiers in Afghanistan.

The vehicles were equipped by Thales UK at its centre in Llangennech, near Llanelli.

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