A major manufacturer of supermarket trolleys is to close, with the loss of 90 jobs.
Buko, based at Glenrothes in Fife, had suffered from poor trading, which affected profits.
The company, which supplied Asda and Safeway, also manufactured distribution roll containers and racking systems.
Buko at one time employed more than 400 staff, with markets in Europe and Asia, but in 2001 it went briefly into receivership before being bought out.
It was in the media spotlight last year for inventing a glow-in-the-dark shopping trolley aimed at improving car park safety.
Buko management has so far declined to comment on the pending closure.
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