Nokia Oyj will eliminate 4,000 jobs including at its oldest factory in Finland as it shifts mobile- phone manufacturing to Asia, its largest market.
Handset production will end in Hungary, Mexico and Finland, where the plants will focus on final adjustments to finished phones, Espoo, Finland-based Nokia said today. Most of the production will move to existing factories in Beijing and Masan, South Korea.
The firings add to at least 14,500 job cuts Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop has announced since Nokia linked up with Microsoft Corp. a year ago to fight a loss of smartphone market share to Apple Inc. Nokia’s first handsets based on Microsoft’s software, called Lumia, were assembled at a Compal Communications Inc. factory in Taiwan.
The eliminations include 2,300 in Komarom, Hungary, 700 in Reynosa, Mexico, and 1,000 in Salo, Finland, Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson said.
Earlier, it was reported that Nokia will be laying off 7,000 employees after hard times with Symbian.
From Business Week