Nokia layoffs and factory closing

Bad news follows bad news for Nokia, as they just announced another 3,500 layoffs after cutting 7,000 jobs back in April. And that new manufacturing plant in Cluj, Romania? History.

The factory closing accounts for about 2,200 of the layoffs, and 1.300 employees will lose their jobs as Nokia trims headcount in Bonn in Germany, and Malvern in the U.S. Reductions will be phased in throughout 2012. The goal is to save 1 Billion Euros in operating expenses by 2013.

Nokia's deal with Microsoft to run Windows Mobile on their smart phones has yet to generate much traction and sales. For Microsoft's part, they're busy touting new partners HTC and Samsung, causing some to wonder if Nokia is the odd man out in the relationship. Or maybe Nokia's management, always a favorite target of those throwing insults, has somehow mangled the Microsoft relationship.

Sunset for Nokia

Shops in London were looted but they say they haven't touched the Nokia shelf. ;)

Razvan Patrascioiu on

>closes a factory in Cluj in Romania. Are you sure it's just a factory? With a name like that it'd be ideal as a Symbian development centre :)

AndrueC on

Nokia is slowly circling the drain.

James 51 on

I can't imagine why I would ever spend a penny on anything made by Nokia or Siemens, again. tripzilch on

Management failure

One piece of information that's missing in this article: Nokia closed down its plant in Bochum, Germany in 2008 and transferred the jobs to Romania in Eastern Europe where labour is cheaper. This damaged their reputation in Germany significantly. The Bochum theatre put up dumpsters where people could get rid of their Nokia phones and replace them with a competitor product. It's not a small irony that just 3 years later, the employees in Romania lose their jobs as well.

blumentopf on

This what happens for companies that lack vision to forsee the future. Innovate innovate innovate....this message directed at Nokia and RIM

William Kwil on

Microsoft loves to buy it's industry partnerships but if things don't work out the way they hoped they'll leave their partners high and dry.

DrXym on

I swear, elop is the most unpopular man in Finland. If not for U.S military might Finland would declare a war because of what he has done to their national crown jewel.

antimarketing on

Just business

In romania they made the investment when they were worth 8 x what they do now, I was skeptical about this investment since 2009 honestly. Can't blame Nokia, they tried really hard, but it just doesn't work anymore, I am sure if they see better days, that factory will be pumping units again.

infamousminime on

Laying off jobs is kind off expected since there whole software division has become redundant due to Micrsoft's OS...

faizanaziz on

It seems just about everyone had a Nokia phone at one time. Why haven't you bought one recently?

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