Computer factory enters administration

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 | ADMINISTRATION



Kaiam Europe Limited (KEL) and Kaiam UK Limited (KUL), a computer factory based in Livingston, West Lothian, has entered administration due to a series of financial struggles.

Administrators from KPMG were appointed over the weekend, with partners Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden looking to explore the possible sale of the business.

Nimmo, who is also the global head of insolvency at KPMG, said: "KEL has faced challenging trading conditions, which caused the business to experience acute cash flow pressure. Despite the action of the directors to try to increase sales and attract new investment, the business entered administration.

"We are exploring a sale of the business and are working with Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and West Lothian Council to provide a full range of support to the company's employees as this process takes place. We would encourage any interested parties to contact us as soon as possible."

KEL and KUL are subsidiaries of Kaiam Corporation, an American organisation established in 1998 which manufactures computer parts to support rapid data-transfer between numerous servers at data centres. As they are part of the European operations, their administrations do not affect the US arm of the company.

In 2014, Kaiam was gifted a £850,000 grant from the Scottish Enterprise to assist with the relocation of some of its production from China to Scotland.

However, Livingston MP Hannah Bardell said it was a "terrible shame" that the business did not enlist the public's help before descending into cash flow issues.

She said: "They have £4 million on their order book so there's work there to be done but at the moment they can't pay their bills.

"We have to do everything we can to help but we need the executive team and the chief executive, in particular, to engage with us positively so we can do all we can to help."

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