Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones by volume, said it will cut 3,500 jobs as it closes a factory in Romania and reorganizes its maps business.
The company is also reviewing plants in Finland, Hungary and Mexico and expects more job eliminations next year, it said in a statement today. The reductions come on top of 4,000 job cuts announced in April.
Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop is slimming the Espoo, Finland-based company to catch up with faster-moving competitors. He’s also shifted 3,000 employees to Accenture Plc (ACN) along with the Symbian operating software to make way for the adoption of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 and other platforms. The company has established a new location and commerce business that will result in the closure of units in Bonn and Malvern, Pennsylvania.
“With these planned changes, we will emerge as a more dynamic, nimble and efficient challenger,” Elop said in the statement. The company is committed to keeping research and development facilities in Europe, he said.
In a separate statement, Nokia said its joint venture with Siemens AG, Nokia Siemens Networks, will get a capital infusion of 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) from the parent companies to further strengthen its financial position.
Nokia fell as much as 2.3 percent in Helsinki and was down 1.1 percent to 4.14 euros as of 10:25 a.m. local time. Siemens lost 0.5 percent to 68.53 euros in Frankfurt trading.