Spanish confectionery company Chupa Chups is reported to be planning to lay off 100 of its employees at its Asturias factory in northwestern Spain.

The company's Asturias factory, which has 150 employees, is one of two Chupa Chups factories in Spain.

Chupa Chups has so far laid off 33 of its 1,639 employees worldwide in 2002.

The company, which exports 90% of its product, is planning to expand its business in China, reported the Spanish News Digest.