Sony Mobile to layoff 1,000 employees over next two years

August 23, 2012
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Dark days are ahead for some folks working at Sony Mobile, as today the Japanese company announced plans to layoff a total of 1,000 workers. Sony Mobile, as many of you will remember, was once the struggling Sony Ericsson, until Sony bought the company out earlier this year $1.3 billion. It sounds like Sony is having a difficult time getting the mobile division back on its feet, as it will have let 1,000 employees go by the time March 2014 rolls around.

Around 650 of these 1,000 layoffs will happen at its mobile plant in Lund, Sweden, with the remainder of the layoffs affecting the company's Swedish consultants. There is a bit of good news in that the Lund plant won't be shutting down, but that will be little consolation to those losing their jobs.

Along with this round of layoffs comes some restructuring as well. Sony Mobile is getting ready to move its corporate headquarters from Lund to Tokyo, and will be doing so in October. The announcement of these layoffs comes after Sony cut its operating profit forecast for 2012/2013, which is just the latest in a long line of financial hits the company has taken recently.

Sony Mobile isn't the only division within Sony that's struggling to make a buck. Sony president Kazuo Hirai - who was promoted to the position earlier this year after serving as Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment - has a lot of work ahead of him, and unfortunately it seems that the company wasn't able to avoid cutbacks in some areas. Keep it tuned to Android Community for more information, as we'll update you if any new details about Sony Mobile surface.

[via SlashGear]


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