September 29, 2011, 12:51 PM —
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
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.
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This what happens for companies that lack vision to forsee the future.