Motorola Mobility was officially purchased by Google in May 2012 this year after a long approval process, will leave South Korea next coming year, the 2013, which the company will not exist anymore, rather than will be shutting down its operations in South Korean region in 2013.
The only employees that Motorola Mobility will retain from the operations in South Korea include roughly 10% of its local research and development staff. Only those persons will be offered relocation packages. This move would be a part of Motorola Mobility’s global restructuring plan, that will claim over 500 jobs in South Korea. Only the mobile devices segment of Motorola is leaving South Korea, two other business divisions including the Home Business and iDEN go-to-market will remain.
In an attempt after Google’s Mobility purchase has resulted restructuring over 4000 employees losing their jobs and the disconnection of most Motorola mobility’s international websites as well. Still, there are around 600 employees with the company in South Korea who lose their jobs.
Today in Korea, Motorola Mobility notes that it started notifying staff that it plans to cease most operations within Korea, and the company also declined to give any additional details on exactly how many employees are losing their jobs. But it said that most of 10% that refers the number to R&D staff only. However, the company confirms that R&D staff is the majority of the staff at the locations in South Korea.
The closing of Motorola Mobility in South Korea is a part to consolidate its research and development operations, which as said that move is also hoped to help Motorola Mobility focus its attention on markets where it can compete most essentially.
“On December 10th, we began communicating to staff in Korea our plans to close most of our operations in Korea, including our research and development and consumer mobile device marketing organization. The changes in Korea reflect our plans to consolidate our global R&D efforts to foster collaboration, and to focus more attention on markets where we are best positioned to compete effectively.
Our Home business and iDEN go-to-market operations will continue operating in Korea. We will also continue to provide customer service and warranty support for mobile devices that have been sold in Korea.
This was a difficult but necessary decision. We are very proud of the work done by our talented teams in Korea, and the many contributions they have made to our business over the years. We will offer relocation to about 10 percent of our R&D staff there. For other employees we will strive to make the transition as smooth as possible.
We are grateful for the support of our customers in Korea.”
In the coming future we are glad to see some great advancements on Motorola Mobility made by Google, which are able to turn the fortunes of Motorola around. The patents and the whole company was acquired by the big G, which owned by Motorola can make something exciting. (Via TheVerge)