Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020

Sony shall be chopping up to 50 % of its smartphone staff by 2020 so as to flip a revenue, in accordance to a report from Nikkei. The information places into context yesterday’s news round Sony merging its cell, imaging and TV divisions, in addition to closing its Beijing smartphone manufacturing unit.

The report says that up to 2,000 jobs out of a complete of 4,000 jobs shall be minimize throughout the subsequent yr, by March 2020. Sony is trying to take out fastened prices within the enterprise, in addition to reshaping its procurement capabilities. Nikkei says that Japanese staff shall be transferred to different divisions, whereas voluntary retirement shall be supplied in Europe and China.

As a results of the transfer, Sony Mobile will focus its gross sales to Europe and East Asia, whereas limiting gross sales to Southeast Asia, as we’ve already started to see. This transfer is due to smartphone gross sales falling sooner than anticipated, each for Sony and the trade itself. We simply surprise if Sony’s ever-shrinking smartphone enterprise shall be ready to compete once more – taking out useful resource solely makes the problem that rather more insurmountable.

Thanks Hendra!