Fujitsu to shut German computer plant

MUNICH, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Fujitsu plans to close a personal computer and laptop factory in Germany, its last hardware production centre in Europe, potentially costing 1,800 jobs, it said on Friday.

The Japanese company will try to shift some of the staff at the plant in the Bavarian city of Augsburg to its growing services arm, a spokesman said, but it did not rule out compulsory redundancies. Talks will be held with labour unions in an effort to agree severance terms.

The closure is slated for 2020, directly affecting 1,500 jobs plus a further 300 elsewhere in Germany. The company employs 10,000 people across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The job cuts are part of a wider global restructuring at Fujitsu, which plans to concentrate its personal computer production operations in Japan. The company earlier reported a decline in quarterly revenues but improved profit. (Reporting by Joern Poltz Writing by Douglas Busvine Editing by David Goodman)