Up to 26 jobs could be lost after a hi-tech Boldon firm announced plans to shift operations across the continent.
Immunodiagnostic Systems (IDS) has today confirmed plans to switch all automated activities from its site in Didcot Way, Boldon, to an existing base in Belgium.
The company, which is a leading provider to the clinical laboratory diagnostic market, says the move could lead to the loss of as many as 26 jobs.
Consultations over the proposals - which are being driven forward to 'improve efficiency' - are now underway.
A company spokesman said; "Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings is looking to streamline and improve the efficiency of its assay manufacturing and development across the Group.
"We are proposing to move all automated related activities from our UK manufacturing site to our Belgium manufacturing facility, hence consolidating all automated activity in one location.
"Against this background there is a possibility this proposal could result in up to 26 job losses at the UK manufacturing site situated in Boldon.
"This would reduce the total UK workforce to approximately 95 employees and adjust the total group workforce to 310 employees.
"As part of the consultation process, the Company is considering all possible alternatives to reduce the number of potential redundancies, in particular the Company is considering applications from volunteers for redundancy from those employees who are interested.
"We will continue to work closely with those employees that are affected to ensure they are supported."