Finnish mobile device maker Nokia will cut 3,500 jobs and close a factory in Romania as it continues to drive down costs, the company said today.
Nokia’s factory in Cluj, Romania, will be closed as the company consolidates its "feature phone" manufacturing base to Asia. This will lead to 2,300 jobs cuts.
A further 1,300 roles will be cut from the company’s ‘location and commerce’ business, which develops navigational and social networking software, prompting site closures in Bonn, Germany and Malvern, US.
"We must take painful, yet necessary, steps to align our workforce and operations with our path forward," Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said in a statement.
The cuts follow the launch of the Nokia N9, the last phone to be released before the company starts shipping devices with Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
The announcement takes the total number of lay-offs made by Nokia this year up to 7,500 employees, some 6% of its workforce. The most recent round of job losses came in April, when 700 UK jobs were among 4,000 worldwide.