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SWEDISH HQ MOVED TO TOKYO

Sony slashes jobs at mobile HQ in Sweden

Published torsdag 23 augusti 2012 kl 10.26
Sony Corp slashes jobs in Lund. Photo:Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

Sony Corp is to lay off 650 employees at its Swedish mobile phone headquarters in Lund with another 400 consultants also being let go. The plant has a current workforce of 2,400 with a further 600 consultants in Sweden. Staff were told of the redundancies at a meeting this morning.

The cuts are part of Sony Corp's decision to shed 15 percent of its workforce worldwide with 1,000 employees being made redundant by March 2014.

The Japanese company will in October relocate its mobile phone headquarters closer to home from Lund to Tokyo.

In a press statement, the company says that Lund will continue "to be an important strategic site for Sony Mobile, with the main focus on software and application development."

Reuters reports that the future of the site in Lund has been in question since Sony took over Sony Ericsson's mobile phone venture at the start of this year for US$1.3 billion when it was renamed to Sony Mobile.

Already in April this year, Sony announced that 149 jobs were to go in Lund.

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