Motorola Mobility, which is now owned by Google has announced that it will be leaving South Korea next year, the company will shut down its operations in South Korea in 2013.
The move is part of Motorola Mobility’s global restructuring plan, in an attempt to turn the company around after it had been acquired by Google, there around 600 employees with the company in South Korea who sill lose their jobs.
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.
It will be interesting to see if Google are able to turn the fortunes of Motorola around, the main reason for the purchase of the company was to acquire the many patents owned by Motorola.
Source The Next Web
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