It was another troubling week for the Republic of Ireland's electronics sector
Contract manufacturer Celestica announced 450 redundancies and test equipment group Teradyne postponed an 800-job investment.
Celestica blames the job losses at its plant in Swords, north Dublin, on the cancellation of a major handset contract by Motorola, its largest customer.
When Motorola closed its plant in the area less than a year ago, Celestica acquired the phone and pager manufacturing operation and took on about half the 1,400 workers made redundant by Motorola.
Now, some of those people face losing their jobs for a second time in less than 12 months, in an area already hard hit by the closure of Gateway's nearby PC factory with the loss of 900 jobs.
Celestica aims to have achieved its job cuts target by February. Staff taking voluntary redundancy have been offered six weeks' pay for each year of service plus four weeks' pay in lieu of notice.
According to Donal Casey, financial director, Celestica will discontinue production of Motorola handsets by the end of the year. The company will retain 500 staff to service other customers and maintain its production capacity.
"Like all economic cycles, business will come back and we want to be in a position for the upturn," said Casey.
But that upturn could be some considerable time away, given Tera-dyne's decision to defer a $50m investment that would have provided 800 jobs on a greenfield site in Cavan Town, on the border with Northern Ireland.
Mary Harney, Irish trade and employment minister, described the postponement as "a huge blow".
Teradyne, which already employs 250 at its plant in Dublin, revealed the expansion several months ago and was in the process of acquiring a site. A spokesman had claimed that half the 800 jobs would be filled by the end of next year.
Since then, Teradyne has been cutting jobs across its operation, partly as a result of the overlaps created by its acquisition of rival test equipment company Genrad.