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March 22, 2012

Nokia Revamps Operations, Cuts 1,000 Jobs in Finland

Under chief executive Stephen Elop, cell phone maker Nokia is in the midst of a massive revamp of operations. As a result, since last year, the world’s leading supplier of cell phones has closed plants and cut thousands of jobs globally, reports international multimedia news agency Reuters. Besides trimming workforce, Elop has also been cutting spending to get Nokia back on track.

On Thursday, the company was talking about new cuts in its manufacturing facility in Salo, Finland. In fact, Nokia indicated plans to lay-off some 1,000 staff members in Salo, the last large cell phone manufacturing plant in Western Europe. As per the report, the company is planning to gradually cut through 2012. However, majority of the 1000 people will be terminated by the end of June, reports Reuters.

The latest cut is part of a plan announced in February. Per the Reuters report, the remaining staff at the Salo plant will focus on developing models for European operators.

These cuts come at a time when the company is struggling to compete with Apple iPhones and Android- based smartphones from makers like Samsung, LG, and others. Sometime last year, the company dumped its Symbian operating system to form a strategic partnership with Microsoft. Since then, it has introduced several devices based on the Microsoft Windows Phone software.

In addition, to further improve the company's competitiveness in the diverse global mobile space,  it is also making changes to its factories in Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico and Salo, Finland.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that the company is also planning to launch flagship Lumia 900 with 4G LTE capability later this month in the U.S. Like Lumia 800, Lumia 900 also uses AMOLED screen technology for top notch picture quality.






Edited by Jennifer Russell


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