• Sonion Philippine factory to generate 800 jobs

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    The Sonion Group’s local arm, Sonion Philippines, will generate 800 jobs from its factory in Batangas that is undergoing construction and set for operations by the end of 2014.

    Niels Ole Jeppesen, director general of Sonion Philippines, said that the company’s total investments for the factory is projected at $30 million, or 23 million euros, and will hire about 800 employees—all by the end of 2014.

    Sonion is a Europe-based solutions provider that produces and designs advanced micro parts for audio and sound systems, as well as minute components needed for headsets and earphones.

    Guy Ledoux, European Union ambassador to the Philippines, said that companies under EU are attracted to Filipino workers’ “skills and talents.”

    “The inauguration of this factory is a good illustration of the strong and economic relationship between the EU and the Philippines. European companies are attracted by the skills and talents of Filipino workers,” he said.

    Though production would take place in the Philippines, Sonion Philippines said that “all products will be exported.”

    The construction of the 11,000-square-meter factory started early 2012 having a $22-million operations investment. Production dry run was first conducted in November last year.

    “Philippines was preferred to other locations because of the generally high educational level of workforce, reasonable infrastructure, competitive incentives for foreign investors and good cooperation with PEZA [Philippine Economic Zone Authority],” Jeppesen said.

    Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

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