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Davis oil robotics firm cuts staff

The Schilling’s UHD, a deep-sea robotic vehicle for oil and gas exploration, sits on the assembly line of the company’s Davis facility on Sept. 10, 2010.
The Schilling’s UHD, a deep-sea robotic vehicle for oil and gas exploration, sits on the assembly line of the company’s Davis facility on Sept. 10, 2010. Sacramento Bee file

Schilling Robotics, a Davis maker of robotics equipment for undersea oil exploration, has laid off workers in Davis and elsewhere because of low oil prices.

A subsidiary of FMC Technologies Inc. of Houston, the company laid off 59 workers, or about 15 percent of its total global workforce, said Schilling spokeswoman Meagan Douglas.

She wouldn’t give precise numbers but said the bulk of the layoffs were in Davis and Houston.

Douglas said the steep decline in crude oil prices has led to a drop in demand for Schilling’s products.

“That’s the unfortunate side of a cyclical market,” she said.

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