Fujifilm Australia has confirmed that 42 employees received redundancy notices last week.
Responding to Photo Counter enquiries, Fujifilm wrote: ‘Unfortunately, there were 42 positions made redundant from across the entire business due to advances in technology. As a result, the technical area was impacted in particular.
‘As digitisation continues to evolve, Fujifilm has had to reorganise its business structure and continue to modify and streamline its business models.’
Fujifilm has three business units serving imaging, medical and graphics markets. Fujifilm did not provide any detail on which of the business units were hit hardest.
Asked to elaborate on just what technical areas were impacted, Fujifilm responded: ‘Fujifilm is referring to technical services across all areas as a result of product innovation such as wet to dry labs, as well as similar changes in technology in the other industries we supply.’
Fujifilm had a total of 416 employees at March 2012 and 355 employees at March this year, according to annual reports lodged with ASIC. There was a round of redundancies of mainly sales and ‘back office’ staff in late 2011 also attributed at the time to technological advancements.
An unconfirmed report included Amy Lawrence, long-serving personal assistant to Dave Marshall, as one of the staff members made redundant last week.
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