Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden of KPMG were appointed as Joint Administrators of Kaiam Europe Limited (“KEL”) and Kaiam UK Limited (“KUL”).
Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden of KPMG were appointed as Joint Administrators of Kaiam Europe Limited (“KEL”) and Kaiam UK Limited (“KUL”) on Friday 21 December 2018.
Established in 1998, KEL manufactures parts used for high speed data transfer in data centres. Based in Livingston, West Lothian, the company operates from manufacturing premises owned by its subsidiary KUL and has 338 employees.
KEL had been facing declining work levels in 2018, which, coupled with a high fixed cost base, resulted in the business facing significant cash flow difficulties.
The Joint Administrators convened a meeting of all employees on 24 December 2018. Due to the trading losses, the absence of any material customer orders, and significant fixed costs of operating the Livingston facility, regrettably, the Joint Administrators had no option but to make 310 of the 338 employees redundant with immediate effect.
The remaining 28 employees have been retained to help the Joint Administrators explore a sale of the business.
Blair Nimmo, Joint Administrator and KPMG’s Global Head of Restructuring, said: “We fully recognise that redundancies at this time of year are particularly difficult. Our main focus during this challenging period is to work with all affected employees alongside Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and West Lothian Council to ensure that the full range of support is available to them.
“Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), the Scottish Government’s partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations, has already mobilised and can be contacted on 0800 917 8000 for support. We are also liaising with the UK Government in relation to the timing of redundancy payments via the Insolvency Service.
“In the short term, we are exploring all available options for a sale of the business and would encourage any interested parties to contact us as soon as possible.”
KEL is a subsidiary of Kaiam Corporation, a US-based organisation, which is not subject to these Administration appointments.
Contact details for PACE - 0800 917 8000
Phil Addicott, KPMG press office in Scotland
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