Some 4,000 people are about to lose their job as Nokia take measures to improve their production efficiency. The lay off affects Nokia employees at the factories in Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico and Salo, Finland.
Nokia said that these three factories are planned to focus on smartphone product customization, serving customers mainly in Europe and the Americas. Device assembly is expected to be transferred to Nokia factories in Asia, where the majority of component suppliers are based.
“With the planned changes, our factories at Komarom, Reynosa and Salo will continue to play an important role serving our smartphone customers. They give us a unique ability to both provide customization and be more responsive to customer needs,” said Niklas Savander, Nokia executive vice president, Markets.
Personnel reductions are planned to be phased through the end of 2012. Nokia saidd it will offer a comprehensive locally-tailored support program, including financial support and assistance with local re-employment.